The Academically Gifted Gazette

Ronald E. McNair Elementary

Volume 3, Issue 6

March 2015


2nd: TAG meeting (rescheduled from February)

2nd: Read Across America (Dr. Seuss Day)

2nd-6th: Social Worker Week

3rd: Welcome to AG 3rd Grade Parent Meeting

5th: Free Documentary Viewing of 2e: Twice Exceptional

5th-6th: NCAGT Conference

8th: Daylight Savings Time begins

9th: Battle of the Books competition at UNCG

9th-17th: Interim testing

10th: PTA meeting

10th: Interim reports

12th: AG Parent Advisory Board Meeting

17th: St. Patrick's Day

18th: Early release

19th: Skate Night

23rd: TAG meeting

31st: Duke Tip talent search application and writing contest deadline (invitees received info in fall)

Featured Event: 10 Key Steps to Finding the Right College (free)

Thursday, March 26th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

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*This event is also offered on Sunday, March 29th 2-3pm

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Who Said It?

Simply guess who said the following quote and click on the link below to check yourself!

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

Nurturing Empathy in Your Gifted Child

Webster defines “empathy” as the ability to identify with and understand somebody else’s feelings or difficulties.

Gifted children sense and feel things more deeply than their age-level counterparts. While many young children are concerned about toys, sports, and friendships, the gifted child may be more preoccupied with global issues such as poverty, homelessness, and abandoned animals. This divergence of perception can lead to feelings of isolation from their age-level peers. They are overwhelmed by the enormity of the world's challenges, and realize at an early age that there are matters far beyond their control.

Gifted children have a heightened awareness of the world around them but lack the emotional development to cope with adult world issues. Many adults may be quick to dismiss or minimize their concerns, which only serves to magnify their feelings of helplessness.

While gifted children are often quite empathetic, they still manifest age-appropriate concerns. They may hold self-centered views of their surroundings and dismiss the needs of others. It is important that we continue to foster healthy empathy and teach them how to use their talents to make a difference in the lives of others.

What can you do to help?

  • Acknowledge the concern - Do not minimize the issue. Be an active listener. Work with your child to explore ways to make a difference. Cultivate the concept that every action, no matter how small, counts. Get involved in your community by volunteering as a family.

  • Model empathy for your child – Capitalize on everyday interactions to demonstrate appropriate levels of empathy. Use characters in movies, books and TV shows to foster conversation. Share your own thoughts, concerns and experiences.

  • Teach your gifted child to communicate effectively – Provide a safe place to talk. Help your child articulate feelings and brainstorm potential solutions to problems. Explicitly teach children to read physical cues in order to recognize emotion in others. Practice additional avenues of self-expression such as journaling or artistic expression.

Meeting the Social and emotional needs of Gifted Students- Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman; NCAGT Conference 2013

Gifted Children: Emotionally Immature or Emotionally Intense- Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Vulnerabilities of the Highly Gifted- in Roeper Review; Roedell, W.C.

Empathy in the “Me” Generation-in Teaching for High Potential, Winter 2015; Dixon, Felicia.

Caesar's Corner

2nd Grade Talent Development

2nd grade Talent Development students have begun a journey into the concepts of conflict and problem-solving via a multicultural perspective. This unit utilizes the beloved children's book Henry and the Kite Dragon for the basis of all integrated learning throughout.

3rd Grade

Who is My Neighbor?

Third grade students have transitioned well into AG classes, especially given the inclement weather and jostling of schedules as a result. Students have been introduced to the idea of diversity and our next stop is the land of presentation skills. Students will be completing a questionnaire about themselves and groups will be determined based on those responses. Each group will be responsible for presenting the most important points about something they are good at or enjoy. Students will also be asked to bring in an artifact from home to use as a visual for their independent portion of the group presentation.

4th Grade

The Power of Literate People

Using the imagery of a snowflake, students have been introduced to the issue of illiteracy and to the idea that there is power in numbers should they wish to join the cause. Students have experienced the frustration and confusion of dyslexic and English-as-a-second- language learners and will continue to examine the plight of those who have obstacles standing in the way of becoming literate. On an upcoming weekend, students will be asked to refrain from reading, writing, or any activity that involves such as a means of experiencing life in the shoes of someone who does not have the skills that our children have been so fortunate to attain. Stay tuned for more information!

5th Grade

Wherefore Art They?

Fifth grade students have explored art as an expression of nature by comparing and contrasting videos of swan behavior to the characters of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and a mountain river with a performance of Riverdance. During our last class, students were challenged to submit a one-paragraph analysis of the opera they enjoyed on a recent field trip. Next we will observe geometry in nature, fashion, visual art, architecture and engineering. By the end of this lesson, students should understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and art is everywhere!

Math Quest

So far, most groups have completed purchasing their travel supplies and are well on their way to becoming lovable, huggable problem-solvers as they pass through gate 1. Guess and Check is the strategy that is helping students get there. Up next: the Draw a Picture strategy! Students are encouraged to ask for a challenge sheet each week as a means of earning extra credit.

AG Classroom Needs

-TAG is still seeking a parent representative to help link us to the AG community we serve. Please let Miss Green know if you are interested!

-guest speakers on any of our current topics of learning

-glue sticks

-highlighters (multiple colors)

-snack-size bags

-composition books*

-USB flashdrives*

*These will be provided to AG families who may have something standing in the way of purchasing school supplies at this time.