KCS GT Update
February 2021 Volume 9
What's Happening in GT?
Fourth grade is doing a unit on delayed gratification. The kids are learning about the theory that delaying gratification should be taught. This had led to excellent discussions with our students. They have participated in a Socratic Seminar where they discuss if, based on the information we have provided for them, they feel children should be taught to delay gratification or if this will naturally happen as they mature. They have really learned about working that willpower muscle.
Fifth grade read and analyzed an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter From The Birmingham Jail" and his "I Have a Dream" speeches. This produced rich conversation around whether students feel that we have or have not fulfilled MLK Jr's dream. From the letter, students created concept capsules using unknown vocabulary words. They did this by further researching the word and then illustrating it in abstract and creative ways. Some students have shared their created concept capsules as a teaching tool for their peers. Students, then, did a personality frame on Dr. King. We asked the students to use their critical thinking skills to make deeper connections between his letter and his speech.
Parenting is Hard
We all know that empathy is a vital skill to have and should be taught. Parent's Magazine has compiled a list of books that help teach children empathy. The books are organized according to age appropriateness. Click here to learn more.
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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