What a learning process! Even with the educational background of working with gifted children, there is always much more to learn. I’m enjoying the challenge but at the same time I’m almost overwhelmed with the curriculum planning to keep up with these ferocious learners and all their aspects and peculiarities. Today, I’m taking the test to become fully certified to teach gifted in TX. Wish me luck!
I have found a job! After a year vacation from the field of teaching, I am now the Humanities teacher at Rainard School in West Houston. I had subbed there off and on during the spring of last year. It’s great to be teaching again although the schedule is taking some time to adjust to.
I’m in Texas, actually, back in Texas. We lived here over 13 years ago. At that time, I had babies. Then we moved to Louisiana, just north of New Orleans. I educated my children in St. Tammany Parish and eventually, I became a teacher in the district. I studied over 8 years to earn my teaching degree and masters. I also worked on my gifted certification and taught gifted 4th-6th graders for three years. It was worth every bit of effort and time. Gifted children are mostly a joy to teach.
My children are off to college or working now. They were educated in the gifted program in St. Tammany Parish schools. My son started in 5th grade, my daughter started in 1st grade. In addition to raising two gifted children, I live with a gifted man. If there was a poster child for the creatively gifted in the 1960-70�, he would have been on it. Actually, learning about the creatively gifted has helped me to understand how he functions. I would have to say that I have been exposed to every stage of a gifted individual’s life up to the mid 40’s.
Now, why did I tell you all this? To give you a background for where I am coming from and where I am now. I�m looking for a job to advocate for or teach the gifted child. This year is like a personal sabbatical. I’ll be subbing and visiting a whole bunch of schools in the area. I’ll be looking for a gifted position like the one I had in Louisiana. I can be patient. I can figure out the districts in Houston near me. This weblog will be a journal of that process along with random munchings from my brain. I hope you enjoy.