KCS GT Update

October 2020 Volume 5

What's Happening in GT Class?

Inspiration is the state of being motivated or influenced. In GT class we discussed what or who inspires you and then how can you inspire others. Students have been challenged to be the good in the world and seek opportunities to be an inspiration. Moving forward, 3rd-grade groups will be focused on overcoming obstacles with a growth mindset; 4th-grade groups will be learning about symbolism and art, and 5th-grade groups will be integrating information from multiple texts to form an opinion. This year in GT, we are focusing on the different types of thinking and problem-solving. We will be working on critical thinking and how it involves analyzing something in order to form a judgment. Critical thinkers exercise careful evaluation or judgment about something.

Inspirational Video & Behavioral Domain

Inspirational Video- Be a Mr. Jensen- MUST WATCH!!

Supporting All Gifted Traits

The TN Department of Education states, “Intellectually Gifted means a child whose intellectual abilities, creativity, and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s needs exceed differentiated general education programming, adversely affects educational performance and requires specifically designed instruction or support services. Children from all populations (e.g., all cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, English Learners, all economic strata, twice-exceptional, etc.) can be found to possess these abilities.”

TN Department of Edu

A combination of factors helps to identify gifted students’ various characteristics. The NAGC and TDOE identifies 4 domains of giftedness. Most are familiar with the well-known academic/intellectual domain. But, what about the student that expresses characteristics that don’t align with this commonly identified domain? What about the student that falls into the behavioral/physical domain of giftedness? That student that demonstrates spontaneity or high energy, eagerness or impulsiveness, or even constantly questions? What can be done for this gifted learner?

One nonprofit organization, Destination Imagination, is dedicated to inspiring individuals and cultivating their unique gifts and talents. Through hands-on collaborative educational experiences, Destination Imagination focuses its attention on seven different project-based challenges based on technology, science, engineering, fine arts, improvisational, service learning, and early learning. To find out more information about this organization, methodology, and how to get involved, check out their website below.

Destination Imagination

Arts Increase Critical and Creative Thinking

Are you looking for ways to promote your child's artistic development? There are many ways you can do this by finding and providing opportunities at home, at school, and in our community. Check out this article from the National Association of Gifted Children to point you in the right direction!

Stay Connected

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is 47 acres of free walking trails through a variety of gardens and nurseries. The horticultural history of the garden is over 200 years old. There are new installations the gardeners have created. For example, this month there is a fresh cut flower installation with a "quilt" theme of patch-like color blocks. A permanent part of the garden is the "secret garden" inspired by one-time Knoxville resident Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel "The Secret Garden". Click the picture below to find out more.

Life Hacks and Family Fun

Who doesn't like a good life hack? Did you know grapefruit can be used to clean your bathtub or shower? Click the link below for other handy tips

KCS GT Website

Here is the link to the Knox County Website. There are links to our service delivery models and many other helpful resources on the page. At the bottom of the page is a link to help you find your student's GT coach.

KCS GT Department

The KCS Gifted and Talented department strives to create a SAFE environment for each other, our teachers, students, schools and parents where we value Support, Advocacy, Flexibility, and Empathy.


As instructional coaches, we will meet each teacher where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in service delivery and instructional practice in order for every teacher to feel confident in providing challenging and engaging instruction requiring students to persevere through complex tasks.


As gifted practitioners, we will meet each student where they are as we seek to create a SHIFT in student efficacy in order for every student to feel confident in participating in complex tasks, advocating for themselves, and utilizing a growth mindset.