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Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget (Perspective in Gifted Homeschooling) (Volume 9) Paperback – January 12, 2016
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Jade Rivera is a GHF Ambassador, innovative educator, writer, and coach based in Oakland, California where she lives with her husband. Prior to her career in progressive education she was a chemist. In 2003 she earned a Fulbright scholarship for academic research in Thailand. Jade may be reached via: jadeannrivera.com Twitter (@jadeannrivera) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jade.rivera.988)
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In short, these kids need a balance of freedom and structure that is different from the norm.
Jade offers practical advice and questions to consider. Following the model of empathy before education, she encourages authentic assessment of a family’s hopes and needs.
People need to be heard, and this book tells what questions to ask. She quotes from parents and business owners who have felt the palpable relief of finding an option where their child can be fully known.
Forming any community, particularly one focused on education, could seem like an overwhelming task of executive functioning. Developing a cohort of like-minded families who perhaps were misfitted for other available strategies can be both necessary and abundant; not all necessity leads to just barely getting by.
With prescient wisdom, Jade lines out details about how to care for the adults who work with these children. She makes the connection between how gifted kids often prefer the company of older people and the relevant self-care and compensation needed.
While clearly useful for families contemplating starting their own micro-school, educators in a variety of other settings can learn from how Jade suggests a tailored approach to the needs of the individuals while sorting out how to be a functional community.
It’s almost like micro-schools are in a liminal space between friends and family. As Jade writes, “people will move for an established program that is doing good things.”
It’s all about community.
Excellent job. The only downside would be that I would have loved to see more examples of scheduling in how to handle the various projects. Loved the example contracts.
Have you ever had to deal with your or your child’s giftedness and its disconnect in the traditional classroom? Have you had to work with your child’s school, sometimes in vain, to get them to adjust to your child’s educational needs as a gifted learner? If you have come to the conclusion that the typical classroom mode of education will never meet your child’s needs and you are seeking an alternative education where your child can be happy and free to learn his way, this book explains in detail an exceptional solution—the micro-school.
You will learn all you need to know about this progressive, alternative approach to educating gifted children. The author, Jade Rivera, provides a complete blueprint for setting up a micro-school and providing a place where education is tailored to fit a gifted child’s needs. She imparts her philosophies, her experiences and her expertise with providing an education which fully engages gifted children in the learning process and helps them to become active participants in their education. Exceptional educational approach, exceptional book!
As an educator, I don't specifically work with 2e students, yet as I read, I saw so many of my students in the challenges and behaviors described. Jade's clear explanations and practical suggestions helped me reexamine my approaches and see how to proceed with more empathy.
This is not only a must-have guide for creating a micro-school, it is also a wonderful introduction for anyone (like me!) who needs more background and understanding about gifted/2e learners. The mix of step-by-step instructions and well-reasoned explanations, all presented in Jade's down-to-earth, relate-able style, makes this a great read and a powerful resource.