KCS GT Update
October 2020 Volume 5
What's Happening in GT Class?
Inspirational Video & Behavioral Domain
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.”
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.
Arts Increase Critical and Creative Thinking
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
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.