# Gifted and Talented Tidbits 27

## THIS WEEK

This week the kindergarten students worked together to solve a square puzzle, which required the students to create a large square from four smaller squares, making sure that all of the designs only touch like designs. The students discovered that it was more challenging than it sounds. The students also learn to solve a logic problem this week. Our final activity this week was computer coding.

The first and second graders completed their read aloud novel and continued to work on their Animal Nation projects this week. The students are in various stages of the process from researching, writing their script for the video, or looking for images for the video background. Some of the students chose to participate in the Noetic Learning second grade math contest. I am very proud of them for demonstrating perseverance when working to solve the challenging questions.

The third and fourth graders started class with two challenging puzzles related to the book we have been reading. Afterward, we continued reading and discussing the next two chapters of the book. The students spent some time working on their independent study projects as well. The third and fourth graders had an opportunity to participate in the Noetic Learning math contest for their grade level as well. I am very proud of these students also for the determination and grit that they showed as they completed the difficult problems.

## UPCOMING

5/9 - 5/10/16 No GT Class Due To STAAR Testing

5/16/16 - 5/19/16 TPSP Presentations Grades 3 & 4

## Gifted Students and Test Taking

As testing season is upon us, talk of testing strategies and "taking your time on the test" abounds. While for most students these are important, for gifted kids it can be a detriment. The Gifted Guru, Lisa Van Gemert, explains it well in her latest post. Please take a few minutes to read it.

## Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities In Gifed Children

Not all gifted individuals have overexcitabilities, but there is a higher occurrence in the gifted population than in the average population. The article that is linked below is a good reminder of the overexcitabilities that your gifted student or child may be experiencing and strategies to help them. At this stressful time of the year, these excitabilities may be exhibited more frequently or more intensely.