Gifted and Talented Tidbits 14

By Lenora Barnes 12/11/15


The classes that met this week participated in the Hour of Code, which is a global movement, reaching millions of students in over 180 countries. The Hour of Code is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn to code. Coding helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, computational thinking, and creativity. While we joined the Hour of Code this week, coding is a regular component of our classroom. For the classes that were not able to participate and for the students that would like to do more, I am posting a link below that will take them to our GT Symbaloo. There they will find the tiles for the Minecraft Hour of Code, Star Wars Hour of Code, Frozen Hour of Code, Flappy Code, extra Hour of Code sites, and our regular coding tiles.

The classes also participated in a variety of other activities including a Christmas activity using the depth and complexity icon multiple perspectives, a S.C.A.M.P.E.R. activity that required them to adapt Santa's sleigh to a new environment and justify their design, logic problems, and vocabulary practice with word brainteasers. The grade level and time available determined which activities a particular class was able to do.


Next Gifted and Talented Tidbits 1/8/16

Reminder - There will be no GT classes during the week of December 14 so that the students may enjoy the holiday activities with their homeroom classes. Classes will resume on 1/4/2016.

After Christmas we will begin working on the TPSP projects in class each week. Once we begin, if the students have extra time in their regular classrooms, it would be beneficial for them to use that time to work on their TPSP projects.


High achievers complete assignments on time.

Gifted learners initiate projects and extensions of assignments or may not turn in work at all.

Kingore, B. (2004)

What Do Gifted Students Need to Succeed?

Challenges- Gifted students like to be challenged. Many gifted students say that it is harder for them to do simple things than it is for them to tackle difficult work. They need people, schoolwork, classes, activities, and opportunities that will stretch their minds.


The Texas Association of Gifted and Talent Conference is a wonderful conference with many great speakers and resources. I wish all GT teachers could go every year. Unfortunately, that isn't possible due to the cost of attendance, so we rotate the opportunity among the campuses each year. This year Shanna Shannon, from LSE and Stephanie Dooley, from SCE were the elementary teachers that were able to attend. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing information and resources from the conference. I know that Shanna and Stephanie are also very happy to share what they learned with you as well. The first resource that I am sharing is one that I think you may be interested in looking at over the Christmas break. It is a list of 60 technology resources that are great to use in your classroom for both you and your students. Some of them you probably already know and love, but there are many new ones on the list as well. To view the resource click the link below.
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I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas break!