Madison K-2 Enrichment
Welcome back to school!
The Norman Board of Education is committed to the belief that it is the responsibility of the entire staff to meet the needs of gifted and talented students by identifying their high performance potential and providing learning experiences that develop those gifts and talents.
Botball Club and Robotics Coming Soon!
Botball Club will start in October! This year first and second graders can apply to participate in the Madison Primary Botball Club. Applications will be sent home in a few weeks in Thursday folders. Botball will meet on Mondays, 2:50-3:30.
According to Computer Science: The Future of Education, it is predicted in 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science and only 400,000 computer scientists http://www.edutopia.org/blog/computer-science-future-of-education-alison-derbenwick-miller. With this in mind, I am committed to getting kids coding at Madison. I am planning on doing whole class "unplugged" activities in the regular classroom, provide activities through GT, and as a school participate in Hour of Code in December. What can you do at home? There is an excellent article on How to Get Kids Coding. This article has some great suggestions for apps and websites. Click on this How to Get Kids Coding link to access this article.
I urge you to explore code.org by clicking the button below. Watch the introductory video to get a sense of what is available. Code studio will be one component of Botball Club. If your child is not in Botball, I recommend Course 1 for Kindergarten and Course 2 for 1st and 2nd grades. Madison (1st-5th) will participate in Hour of Code the week of December 5-11.
Other Resources for Coding:
http://lightbot.com/hour-of-code-2015.html I really like Light-Bot!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bee-bot/id500131639?mt=8 BeeBot app for Kindergarten
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/move-turtle.-programming-for/id509013878?mt=8 Move the Turtle app
http://www.scratchjr.org/ Scratch Jr
Check These Out to Start Kids Coding
Great place to start!
A little harder - students need to know angles.
Mark your calendars! Madison GT Parent Meeting
Thursday, Sep. 29th, 5:30pm
Madison Elementary Library
A little about the teacher...
I have two grown children who both live in Norman as well. My daughter, Macey, teaches 2nd grade at Washington and my son, Mack, works for OU Health Sciences Center as an IT specialist. My two granddaughters, ages 9 and 14, keep me very busy!
I will be teaching students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and Mrs. Robson will be teaching 3rd through 5th. I teach halftime and will be at Madison on Mondays, Tuesday mornings, and Wednesdays.
Resources for Parents
NPS Gifted and Talented Website
State Department of Education Gifted and Talented website
Gifted Guru http://www.giftedguru.com/
Hoagies' Gifted Education http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
Websites for Gifted Kids http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
Gifted Website Links from Parents
NPS District Proficiency Testing Promotion Webpage
Dr. Kristi Gray, Director of Gifted and Talented for Norman Public Schools