Talented and Gifted

Quarter 2 Staff Newsletter

Springmill Gifted PD

Congratulations to the entire Springmill STEM staff for completing 15 hours of gifted PD. The staff spent 4 weeks reading Todd Stanley's text Project Based Learning for Gifted Students and determining ways to integrate the ideas from the text into their classrooms! We can't wait to see PBL in action at STEM! Thank you to the Springmill staff for your investment in learning for your gifted students!

Mid-Ohio ESC Winter Book Study Opportunities

Please see two Winter 2021 Book Study Opportunities Below! Remember, we can send you a copy of the text once you are registered!

Book Study Registration Link


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Introducing...The Talented and Gifted Family Newsletter

In an effort to increase communication with families of MCSD identified students, we will be sending a family newsletter each quarter. The newsletter will include tips and support regarding parenting gifted children. If you have any TAG updates that you would like to highlight in this newsletter or the staff newsletter, please send that information to Leah Barger or Veronica Williams Payne.

Gifted Referrals

Are you thinking about referring a student for individual gifted assessment? Please utilize the MCSD Gifted Referral Form using the link below! As you refer students for gifted assessment, think about the difference between bright children and gifted learners. Use the chart below as a reference!


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Celebrate Computer Science Education Week December 7-13 with Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2020 Computer Science Education Week will be December 7-13. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Hour of Code is appropriate and exciting for students of all ages!

Hour of Code Planning Guide (Click Here)

How to Run an Hour of Code

Comic Strips in the Classroom

The open-ended nature and versatility of comics make them ideal for gifted learners. Having students create their own comic strips can be a great way to boost student engagement and creativity in your classroom. In addition to being fun for students, they can be used to address academic, social, emotional, and cultural skills in the classroom and promote higher order thinking skills. Comics can be used in any subject area by students of all ages!

Check out this list below by Educatorstechnology.com regarding the many uses of comics in the classroom:

  • Digital storytelling: students (in small groups or individually) create a narrative storyline and illustrate it with relevant graphics.
  • Students use comic strips to visually retell a story they have read.
  • You can use comic strips to introduce a topic and have students brainstorm ideas
  • Provide students with pre-designed comic strip with missing panels and ask them to fill in the blanks to complete the story. (writing activity)
  • Provide students with blanked out comic strip and ask them to write a story based on the illustrated characters. (writing activity, promote predicting skills)
  • Use comic strips to raise students awareness to topics such as racism, bullying, digital citizenship…etc.
  • Use comic strips in language learning to teach vocabulary, grammar, communication (use of language in contextual situations), writing, and reading.
  • Use comics to improve students speaking skills by asking them to act out comics they created. Alternatively you can engage students in oral discussions about the content of the comics.

Use storyboardthat.com and makebeliefscomix.com (Spanish version also available) to start creating comics today!

2020-21 TAG Service Requirements for Classroom Teachers

If you didn't have a chance to view the TAG 2020-21 Updates video at the beginning of the year, please take a few moments to view it now! The video outlines the requirements for classroom teachers serving gifted students.


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