KP Quest Update

January 2016 - History Day, Holiday Cards, Type III Update

Type III Investigation Update

Hello Quest Families!

We are knee-deep into our Type III Independent Inquiry Investigations! (Say that 10 times fast!) For a nice, simple description of the Type III model created by Dr. Joseph Renzulli, please click here.

What a high-level of interesting topics our KP Quest kids are investigating this year! Here is a very small sampling:

  • World War II / The Holocaust
  • Time Travel
  • Genocides
  • Absolute Zero
  • Hacktivism
  • Mount Everest
  • Dog Breeding
  • Leadership in Ancient Civilizations
  • Positive Thinking
  • The French Revolution
  • The Culper Spy Ring
  • The 2016 Presidential Election
  • ... and so many more!

For the past month or so, you should have seen your children locating resources and "Building Schema" - reading, watching, listening, and interacting with resources to build up their background knowledge on their chosen topics. We started with books from the KP, high school, and public libraries, and then branched off to locate articles within the iConn databases (recently renamed "Research It!), as well as vetted websites via Destiny WebPath Express, Sweet Search, and ipl2.

Students have recently chosen their "Essential Questions" and are developing the "little" questions along Bloom's Taxonomy that will help guide their research path. Ask your child why their "questions" are actually statements! (Hopefully he or she will explain that by focusing on the actionable verbs of Bloom's Taxonomy, they are identifying the thought processes utilized at each level, or something to that effect!)

To see each step along the way in the process, ask your child to show you our Google Classroom where all of the links and worksheets are posted to guide them along, including some help with Bloom's Taxonomy from some of our favorite characters, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

Our next step is to utilize NoodleTools to create citations and begin note-taking. It is a quick and easy way to cite our sources - especially if, like me, you can recall typing them up on a typewriter, and having to start over each time you messed up a semi colon!

Check out this collection of resources!

Do you have any homework tonight?

Students are expected to continue what we work on in class at home, approximately 1-3 hours per week. If your child says he or she has no homework tonight, please say - "And what about Quest...?"

The students who stay in the habit of working on their Type III Investigation a little bit at a time all throughout the process are less stressed as we approach our Type III Investigation Celebration and feel more successful. Access to a computer and the Internet is imperative to our Type III work. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please do not hesitate to touch base with me.

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Could you help?

I am looking for an extra pair of hands - or two or three - on Monday morning starting at 11:30 to help assemble our "Bloom's Taxonomy Flip-Books" for the sixth graders - (and anyone else who misplaced the one they had!) If you are available, please send me an email.

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Sign Up with SENG

If you have never visited the SENG website before - Take a look! Addressing the social-emotional needs of our gifted kids can be crucial to their success and sense of self. I want all of my students to feel positive about their accomplishments and growth, and to learn that it's ok to feel challenged and push themselves a little bit beyond their comfort zone sometimes. For some of them, learning has come so easy up to this point in school, and as they move forward it may not always feel as easy, and that's ok!

You can sign up for the SENG newsletters. There is a page for archived newsletters, only it has not been updated since last summer. I asked about more recent editions, and the response came back that they are not up yet and could not tell me when they would be. I will forward the January one to you all!

CT History Day

We have a few students who have decided to participate in CT History Day. They are registering this week and should be finalizing their registration at home with a parent over the weekend. (Quest will pay the nominal fee.)

As a group, we are attending the Torrington Regional Contest which takes place on Saturday, April 2nd. It is an all day event, so if you're child is competing - best to block off the whole day!

For more information, visit the CT History Day Website or the National History Day Website.

Save the Date: Type III Investigation Celebration

Wednesday, May 11th, 6pm

100 King Philip Drive

West Hartford, CT

Save the date for our Quest 6-8 Type III Investigation Celebration at KP! Students will be sharing their creative products for their inquiries this year. More information will be forthcoming!

Mrs. Pascon

~ KP & Bugbee Quest Teacher ~