Middle School and the “AH-HA” Moment

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Middle school is a perfect time to plan for your gifted child’s high school education. ‘AH-HA’ moments can help. Experiencing an “AH-HA” moment can be unique and special for each individual. It’s a point in time when one realizes something for the first time. Perhaps solving a personal problem or finding the answer to something that has been very troubling.

When an “AH-HA” moment occurs, it is usually accompanied with satisfaction, joy, or a sense of accomplishment. Look for those special moments, they are wonderful and will be remembered for a long time.

When an “AH-HA” moment happens, you will know that something special is about to happen for you. If you are in middle school, you know it’s time to make important decisions about high school. Some of those decisions you will make for yourself. However, you’ll be smart enough to know that there are some things for which you must depend on mom and dad. If you’re lucky enough to have an “AH-HA” moment during the planning, you may know just what you want to do in high school.

For Thomas, this happened when he was entering grade 7. Because of his intellectual ability, his school district administrators included him in a group of students who would be transferred to the new middle school, a magnet school for students who had demonstrated high ability in mathematics or science. Thomas was thrilled to be included and looked forward to challenging experiences in mathematics. Because he hadn’t taken the SAT (now SAT-I) when he was in grade 6, Thomas was placed in a regular math class.

Realizing his math class was just too easy for him, Thomas asked, “When can I take the SAT?” Arrangements were quickly made for him to take the SAT with juniors and seniors at high school. He was actually dreaming of a career as a teacher so Thomas wanted to get ahead fast.

When he received his SAT scores, Thomas had an “AH-HA” moment! He was sky high! He was jubilant with anticipation and thoughts of moving to a more advanced class in mathematics. He was confident that he could handle more challenging work. So were his teachers. Thomas was placed in algebra with ninth grade students. The semester was half over, but he had no problem catching up with the rest of the algebra students. The question will, as always, be how much education will we actually need to reach our goals.

From that point on, Thomas took the lead in planning his high school schedule, where he would attend college and what he would eventually do in life. His parents, who had always been there for him, understood that he was capable of planning his own educational career. They also understood that they and the teachers who Thomas would meet along the way would be facilitators on his road to success. They would be his partners for success down the road

If you have an “AH-HA” moment, seize the opportunities ahead of you. They’ll help lead to your success, too!