KCS GT Update

Summer Edition May 2020 Volume 1


The Knox County GT Coaches have truly missed wrapping up the school year with your children! This has been such a different experience, but we are grateful for the perspective it has given us. We are all hoping this newsletter finds each of you healthy and happy!

Since we could not end the school year with your child, we thought we would create an avenue to share some important gifted information as well as some fun problem-solving activities for the summer!

KCS GT Parent Website

Here is the link to the Knox County GT Parent Website. There are many great articles to browse. Let us know if you have any questions.

GT in Knox County Schools

Innovator's Mindset

How can you raise an innovator?

Innovation is about mindset. An Innovator's Mindset is one that is open to change, embraces creativity, and pursues forward-thinking. As parents, we can foster this mindset by tapping into our child's natural curiosity which will help them further explore and shape the way they learn and create. One way to do this is to encourage them to be "problem-finders". "Finding" problems is an essential part of learning that our children often miss out on when we pose the problems to them first.

Have you recently heard your child say they are bored? Want to challenge them to think with an Innovator's Mindset? Ask your child to identify a problem in your home or neighborhood. Brainstorm ideas to solve that problem. Make a plan and take action. Share your solutions with stakeholders that might be impacted by the problem.

Tweet out your "problem-finding" and problem-solving so that we can see their innovation in the works! Be sure to tag the Knox County GT Department @KCSGifted

If you are interested in learning more, check out The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.

Summer Resources

Want to challenge your brain? Give these perplexors a try.

Want to try your hand at Soduko. Give these a try.

Links to great resources

Knox County Schools 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.