KCS GT Update

January 2021 Volume 8

Happy New Year!

We hope your 2021 is off to a good start! Please know that we are aware and mindful of the challenges your child is facing during this unprecedented school year. We are here for them and for you. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to support you or your child during this time! Thank you for sharing your child with us!

Let's Get Creative! with Dr. John Spencer

In GT your child is constantly using their creative thinking. Do you want to foster their creativity at home too? Feel like you've run out of ideas during all this time at home? Check out this short video on how you and your child can put your creative brains together to create something new! Have fun! If you are able to complete this challenge, please take a photo and share it with us! Can't wait to see what your creativity produces!

What's Happening in GT?

This semester is off and running! Your child has been applying what they've learned about their GT Competency through various challenging activities!


Third-graders have been focused on understanding and practicing their creative thinking through writing, engaging in two types of poetry. Looking ahead, they will use music and practice Pareidolia, among other activities, to apply what they have learned. Soon our 3rd-graders will be able to compare and contrast the different types of thinking (critical, abstract, or creative) they are using.


Learning more about our current holidays, MLK Jr. and President's Day, fourth-graders have been comparing famous Presidents and activists. They used Google Jamboard to contribute to a brain dump to compare and share their thinking. Students also enjoyed sharing their perspective related to a fun fact about Presidents' Day. Many were in awe and shared new knowledge as they took a virtual field trip to Mount Vernon.


Fifth-graders had some thought-provoking conversations centered around various New Year's traditions around the world. Among the various traditions, students dug deeper into the Chinese New Year and lunar animals. Based on what they learned, they began planning a New Year's Dinner Party, and as host, had to create a seating chart of all the lunar animals at their dinner table. Students had to write their justifications and share their thinking behind their seating charts, using the character traits of each one.


Looking ahead, 3rd-grade students will be working through multi-step problem-solving, 4th-graders will become Snowman Construction Company owners, and our 5th-graders will be learning about MLK Jr. and the Letters from the Birmingham Jail.

Self-Efficacy and Advocation

Help your child become life-long problem solvers and self-advocates by including them in solution finding when conflicts arise at home or at school. With your guidance, gifted children can learn to use their extraordinary abilities to successfully resolve the challenges they will inevitably face in school and later in the workplace when individual differences related to giftedness are not well understood or appreciated. Click here to read more.

Stay Connected: Ijams E-Learning Station

Are you ready to start thinking ahead to spring? Although the Ijams Visitor Center is currently closed, they have found a way to keep us connected! Click here to learn how you and your child can go on scavenger hunts, begin composting, or create a garden all from home!

Children's Exposure To The News

The American Psychological Association has updated an older article on the impact of children watching too much news. The article also lists ways to talk with your children about news and the appropriate amount of news time children should have. Click to read more.


https://www.apa.org/topics/news-coverage-children

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.


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