Friday, September 21, 2012

What Kind of Learner Am I?

  In takingn the two tests which gave me results based on how I liked to learn as an individual, I learned a lot about myself. The Gardener Multiple Intelligences Test told me more about me than I already knew. It told me that I like to learn by reasoning and that I like to work with math, numbers, and science the most out of everything. it also told me that I like to learn through somatic sensations, such as: running, jumping, building, working with manipulatives, etc. I love working with numbers and manipulatives, so this test was extremely accurate in telling me how I like to learn. The next test that I took was the Gregorc Learning/Teaching Styles Test.
  This test (in my opinion) was more accurate than Gardener's test was.  This test gave me results of the adjectives that describe what type of learner I am. This test said I was a Concrete Sequential learner which means that I enjoy charts, summaries, computers, labs, short lectures, practical reading, etc. Also it gave e a list of adjectives to describe what kind of learner I am. This list includes: ordered, structured, practical, accurate, directions, organized, hands-on, detailed, and exact. This test alswas correct in saying how much I like math and how I like outlines, computers and labs. Taking the tests was fun and quick, and gave off results that will describe me for the rest of my life.

Being Gifted: Good or Bad?

  Though being gifted has many advantages to it like better courses in high school and middle school, it has many disadvantages to it as well. And, even some people even believe some common myths about ROGATE students (or gifted and talented students), like that we get straight A's in every class, or  that we are extremely smart, when the truth is, some of us have D's in classes and we may not be bright in all of our subjects in school.
   Many advantages amd disadvantages come with beingin the program. One is a larger selection of colleges to choose from when you get out of high school. This can eventually lead to a better job when you graduate from college. Furthermore, we have asynchronous developement which means, our maturities (social maturity, emotional maturity, physical maturity, and intellectual maturity) develop at different rates, meaning, that I could be extremely smart in school, but I could have the body of 10 year old and the emotional maturity of maybe a 6 year old. There are also disadvantages that go with being in the gifted and talented program as well. One disadvantage is that people think that we are to "into" school and think that we never stop studying and think that we are nerds, dorks, geeks, etc. On top of that, our guardians have high expectations because of our excellent grades in school.
  There are even myths that many people believe about gifted students. One of these many myths, is that we have exeptionally high IQs and that we always do good on our school work. The truth is, some of us only excel in one subject over all others and may not have a high IQ at all. Furthermore, people believe that we are always good students and that we always get good grades no matter what subject it may be. The truth to that is that many of us don't do very well in our classes in schoolo and only do exceptionally well in 1 or 2 of them.
  Whether it be advantages, disadvantages, myths, or truths, the gifted program is fun and a great program to be a part of while you are in school.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First ROGATE Post

Hey, name is Tom and I am in 8th grade. My personal favorite subjects in school are Algebra, US History, and Lunch. I honestly don't have any favorite topics to talk about because everything that I don't already. In my free time, I usually just go outside and have fun with my friends. When I grow up I plan to be a stock broker because they make a lot of money and their job incoprerates lots of math and skill. What makes me happy is when other people don't pester me to death about little things. Thats all I can really tell you about myself, well see you later.