Teaching Out of the Box

October, 2015

Meg Strnat

mstrnat@hse.k12.in.us

HSE High Ability Coordinator

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

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Junior Great Books Training

Please contact me about modeling a Junior Great Books discussion in your classroom if you have not received formal training. This training fits in with the inquiry approach in that students determine the course of the discussion. Students come to their own understanding of a text, not to a teacher's predetermined goal. Most high ability programs include shared-inquiry discussions of Junior Great Books stories and other texts.

October High Ability Coordinator Meeting

Ask your high ability coordinator for more details about this month's Coordinator Meeting agenda:

  • Toured the College and Career Academies at HSE high schools. Discussion: How can elementary and intermediate teachers prepare their students for 21st Century high school environments?
  • Compiled building results of questions created by students to direct learning for a baseline
  • Reviewed membership of the High Ability Broad-Based Planning Committee
  • Started a math enrichment materials resource for high ability teachers
  • Discussed the importance of all teachers with high ability students having Junior Great Books training

Teach to the Top and How

Amy Marschand, the High Ability Education Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education, mentioned in a recent phone call that teachers in classrooms with students receiving High Ability Services should "teach to the top" and differentiate for the other students. The DOE also endorsed the below graphic on how to achieve the greatest achievement when teaching students with high ability.

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Free Parent Night at IAG Conference


The Indiana Association for the Gifted (IAG) will sponsor a free Parent Night on Sunday, December 13 from 6-7 pm downtown at the Marriott. Dr. Gatt-Walden will speak on "What Your Gifted Child Wants to Know." Go to http://iag-online.org/. for more information.

HSE High Ability Coordinator Meeting Schedule 2015-2016

Elementary HA Coordinators

11/17/15 Tuesday 4:15-5:30 pm Admin Boardroom

1/12/16 Tuesday 4:15-5:30 pm Admin Boardroom

2/9/16 Tuesday 4:15-5:30 pm Admin Boardroom

3/8/16 Tuesday 4:15-5:30 pm Admin Boardroom



Intermediate HA Coordinators*


Important: November Meeting Rescheduled to 11/17/15 TUESDAY 3:15-4:15 pm Admin Boardroom

1/13/16 Wednesday 3:15-4:30 pm Admin Boardroom

2/10/16 Wednesday 3:15-4:30 pm Admin Boardroom

3/8/16 Tuesday 4:15-5:30 pm Admin Boardroom

*Intermediate Counselors are welcome to attend if interested