Interesting thread! I was in a gifted program in grade school (K-8). I remember taking lots of fun field trips to museums, etc., with other members of the group. Eventually this entailed being what the school called "individualized". . . which meant that I learned math by myself by reading math books and doing exercises and periodically checking in with the teacher. I didn't enjoy that and felt rather freakish, actually. I think there were only 2 of us in the whole grade level working by ourselves, and we didn't work together. This same math teacher didn't let people go outside for recess if they hadn't scored successfully on timed tests. For weeks it seemed like I was the only one outside on recess. I was a social person who wanted to "fit in," so I don't remember the whole thing as a good experience. It felt more like punishment than reward being on recess by myself. Both DH and I were in honors/AP classes in high school and did well in college and grad school, etc. I wouldn't necessarily call us a pair of geniuses, though. I would say we have different "intelligences." DH is a "math person" while I am a "language person." We already think that DS will be way smarter than we are!
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8/4/06 at 9:13am