Clarke County Gifted News
Encourage, Inspire, Empower
First Weeks: It's All About Relationships
In addition, we developed our own working definition of teamwork through Pixar videos and a good old-fashioned team challenge. Through the challenge students were engaged in communication, cooperation, collaboration, perseverance, redesigning and rethinking - all that we hope our students would use to prepare them for the 21st century world.
Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Teamwork: What does it take?
When creating their own definition, all students shared that communication was critical to getting the job done!
Students created avatars based on their character and physical traits to introduce themselves to their classmates.
Persistence Pays Off
Through trial and error, a steady hand was needed to create the pyramid but not after many cups hitting the floor! In the end we learned the importance of trying again and again and again.
Teamwork: What does it take?
Our Classroom Reveals!
Road Rally Design Challenge Starting Off in September (2nd and 3rd Grade)
Engineering for Good Coming Up in September (4th and 5th grade)
Gifted Services: A Two-Tiered Approach
A two-tiered approach for gifted services is being implemented through differentiated instruction within the classroom and a pull-out cross curricular enrichment program. The gifted services for your students might look like this but certainly are not limited to:
In the classroom (1-2 times per week during Power Up):
Meet with students within the context of the classroom either extending the instruction which is occurring or providing guidance on project-based learning activities within the area of specific academic ability.
Using the CLEAR curriculum units from the University of Virginia focusing on fiction and nonfiction (for Fourth grade) and research and rhetoric (for Fifth grade) which flows into the standards of learning taught within the classroom providing the depth and complexity supporting gifted students.
Third through fifth grade will be using performance-based projects
Math is all about problem solving and combined with project-based learning, it becomes real-life and therefore relevant. Because many students find math difficult it does not mean it is a higher level of thinking. Challenging students to analyze, evaluate and create ensure that students truly understand math concepts because they can apply them in any situation.
2. Enrichment Units (2 times per week for approximately 45 minutes)
These units are designed to introduce the Engineering Design Process (fall) and the Wheel of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning (spring) to provide students with strategies or tools to use when investigating projects like a disciplinarian for the GRIPS program at the middle school level.
Fourth Grade Language Arts
A supplemental curriculum to coincide with what teachers are already doing in the classroom providing depth and complexity for gifted students.
Indicators of an Effective Gifted Program
Fifth Grade Language Arts
A supplemental curriculum to coincide with what teachers are already doing in the classroom providing depth and complexity for gifted students. Developing research skills prepares students for the GRIPS program in middle school.