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The educational and emotional needs of about a million students are not being met. You may be surprised to learn that it is our gifted students.   People assume that gifted students will be "just fine". But children who score in the top 1 to 2 percent on IQ tests are as different from the norm as profoundly challenged students. They are just smart enough to blend in much more.   Few also are aware that the gifted population tends to not only be intellectually different, but also equally emotionally so. Thus, appropriate such supports are also needed.  

SENTENCE FRAGMENT DRILL GED Overview & Purpose Students will apply their knowledge of Sentence Fragments. Objectives Check each sentence to make sure it contains an independent clause. If the question is referring to two sentences at the same time or asks you to combine two sentences, check to make sure that both contain independent clauses. Verification Clarity: Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Accuracy How can we verify if that is true? How can we check for understanding? Precision: Could you be more specific? Could you provide more details? Logic: Does all of this make sense? Summary Summarize what you learned...

Asking the right question guides effective tutoring sessions. The hope is always that the right question will ignite the desire to learn, no matter who the question comes from, the tutor or the student. Questions direct thought, and thought directs actions. Questions of fact, like who, what, when, how, and where direct students to identify the process they need to take to reach academic goals. Students are easily caught in thinking ruts due to: Lack of self-esteem Need for attention Lack of time management skills Fear of failure Avoiding the unpleasant Perfectionism The thrill of it all!

List the four stages of culture shock and explain how they relate to all students. >The Four Stages of Culture Shock Stage 1 – Excitement At first, the typical high school student will likely feel a sense of exhilaration and excitement in his new college environment. The sheer size of the college campus and the scope of its influence both on and off campus is indeed impressive to a newly minted freshman. Tutors observing students in this stage should absolutely share their enthusiasm, but also encourage them to attend any orientation sessions available to them on campus and suggest that the student visit their local student life office to explore the many support services available. Stage 2 – Difficulty In this stage, excitement soon turns to anxiety, as the expectations of the entering freshman collide with the realities of college life. Students, unaware of the practices, policies and procedures inherent in their new environment, may become agitated and... read more

Sentence Structure GED Overview & Purpose in this chapter, you'll learn to spot errors involving sentence fragments, run-ons, comma splices, conjunctions, and misplaced modifiers. Objectives Good sentence structure is about putting clauses and phrases - the essential building blocks of sentences - together in logical ways. Before we talk about the errors of sentence structure, let's spend a moment talking about correct structure... Information Putting the Pieces Together; Incomplete sentences; Sentence Fragment drill; & Comma Splice and Run-On Drill, etc. Verification Clarity: Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Accuracy How can we verify if that is true? How can we check for understanding? Precision: Could you be more specific? Could you provide more details? Logic: Does all of this make sense? Summary Summarize what you have learned... McGraw-Hill's Cracking the GED Additional Notes The... read more

Assess Your Learning Style _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Complete the online Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html Print out your results and the explanations for the different types of learners. 2. Read the background on Hemispheric Dominance at: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hd/learn.html Complete the online Hemispheric Dominance Inventory: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hd/hemispheric_dominance.html Print out your results and the explanations for the different types of information processing at: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hd/hemispheric_dominance.html What were your results? How does knowing this information help you to improve your own learning and studying?

Using the Socratic Method _________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Socratic Method (also known as Socratic teaching or questioning) is probably the most ancient of all teaching methodologies. In its original form, the master tutor questioned the student until the student actually became confused about what he knew regarding a particular subject. Then slowly the master tutor asked open-ended questions that not only reintroduced subject knowledge to the student, but also raised the student's level of thinking to a higher level of synthesis and creativity. This is a dialogue I had with a GED Mathematics student using The Socratic Method... Triangles 1 What are triangles? A triangle is a plane (flat figure) with three sides. 2 Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Has three angles that the sum equal to 180 degrees, example is a triangle with angles of 90 degrees, 30 degrees... read more

Everyone learns differently. Traditionally rote learning was the dominant form but times have changed. There are now seven recognized learning styles: Visual (spatial), Aural (auditory-musical), Verbal (linguistic), Physical (kinesthetic), Logical (mathematical), Social (interpersonal), and Solitary (intrapersonal). Different learning styles use different parts of the brain. The most learning takes place when we use different parts of our brain. Take this Learning Style Inventory to determine your dominant Learning Style: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT A new version of the GED is being administered in 2014. If you have passed certain tests but not all, you must pass all before this time. You may take the test three times in 2013.

Tips for the ELA 1. Read the questions before the passages. 2. Answer all questions. 3. Watch your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 4. Use all of the allotted time.

If I could go back in time and give my younger self one piece of academic or professional advice it would be to follow your heart and pursue what you're best at. I was good at many things and was encouraged to go into what was thought to be the most lucrative field for me, but I really wasn't very interested in it, and am actually even better at other things. Anyone else have similar experiences? What's your story?

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