# News From the AG Classroom

## Welcome to Mrs. Fulk's Newsletter

Here you will find news from our class as well as news from the AG department. Links for my website and for PAGE, our AG parent group.

## What's Happening!

5th Grade Language Arts: Let Freedom Ring!

The students have been working on a unit about freedoms granted by the constitution. With a focus on rights and responsibilities.

5th Grade Math: The students are completing a unit on data literacy.

4th Grade Language Arts: The Hero Within.

The students are working on a unit about finding the hero within ourselves. It looks at what is meant by the term hero.

4th Grade Math: The students are working on a unit about rates, ratios and proportions. This unit focuses on applying fractions.

3rd Grade Language Arts: Explaining the Unexplainable

The students are working on a unit about mythology and how ancient people tried to explain events in nature.

The students are learning to solve algebraic problems.

## News from the AG Department

Promoting Resilience by Maureen Neihart, PsyD https://blogs.tip.duke.edu/giftedtoday/2006/08/06/promoting-resilience/ As parents, we naturally want to prevent our children from experiencing extreme adversity, but, try as we might, there is only so much we can do to keep them safe. The world sometimes is an unsafe place, and for many children it is increasingly dangerous. Yet many children beat the odds. At least one in four is resilient, or able to achieve social competence and emotional health in spite of a history of acute or chronic stress.

Gifted children are often in educational situations that heighten their risk for adjustment problems because they have limited access to others with similar interests, ability, and drive or because they are not sufficiently challenged. The differences in their abilities and their heightened sensitivities can contribute to these problems.

A positive outlook on life is a hallmark of resilient individuals. Resilience in children has been researched for decades, so we know a lot about its characteristics and the factors that promote it. A powerful way to increase children’s ability to bounce back from difficult times is to strengthen these characteristics, model resilience ourselves, and help children build a strong social support network.

Characteristics of Resilient People Resilient children have similar characteristics. Note how many items on the following list are common among gifted children, and pay particular attention to those that are true of the members of your family:

* compassion for others

* a sense of humor

* persistence in the face of failure

* moral conviction or a strong code of ethics

* an interest in spirituality or religion

* the capacity to get attention in positive ways

* the ability to plan ahead

* skill at problem solving

* a positive outlook on life

* the belief that one’s effort can change things

* an interest in developing a special talent or hobby

What is the most effective strategy for building resilience? Do some of these characteristics contribute to resilience more than others? Which might make the biggest difference? We know that circumstances do not always determine outcomes in life. If they did, people who have suffered a great deal would inevitably be less well-adjusted than those who have not. Yet we all know people who have been through a lot but remain emotionally strong, physically healthy, happy, able to achieve, and capable of making a difference in the world. Similarly, we know individuals who appear to have every advantage but crumble at the first sign of trouble. The difference is resilience. A positive outlook on life is a hallmark of resilient individuals. It is not what happens to us but our response to it that predicts our emotional health. Children can learn to be more resilient by becoming more optimistic in response to difficulty. Although a positive outlook on life is important, studies suggest that the most important predictor of positive outcomes among children who face trying circumstances is a long-term relationship with a caring adult. To begin building resilience in your child, demonstrate the conviction that life is worthwhile and recognize and reinforce the qualities that enhance resilience. For example, praise effort rather than performance. Read hopeful, optimistic stories with resilient characters, and discuss the challenges they face and the choices they make. When something happens that is upsetting to your child, brainstorm many possible reasons for the situation to prevent your child from developing black-or-white thinking. Most important, do anything and everything to enhance your child’s relationships with caring adults.

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The 4th and 5th grade students will be attending Energy Day at A & T State University where they will be presenting stations about energy conservation.