Enrich, Extend, Excite!

September 2020 Mrs. Bradford's ELP Newsletter

ELP and Online Learning

This year brings us many new opportunities and online learning for all ELP students is one of those things. Whether we like it or not, we are all going to be learning how to navigate the education world via our computers; so, get ready to Zoom, SeeSaw, Google, Flipgrid, and much much more... I participated in a class this summer called Using Design Thinking to Increase Creativity in the Classroom and it correlates well with one of the units some of our ELP teachers worked on over the summer called the TIE Project. We will be focusing on computational and design thinking, 21st-century skills, and the process of designing an entrepreneurial pitch. Students will have the opportunity to create an app, make a website, code a program, make an invention, design online using 3-D software, or come up with their own idea and enter the "Shark Tank" to pitch their idea. This is just one of the units ALL ELP students will have the opportunity to participate in this school year!
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Joining the ELP Zoom Classroom

Your child's classroom teacher, along with me (Mrs. Bradford), will share the Zoom link for ELP. This link will remain the same all year for all grades. You will log on and wait in the waiting room to be admitted to class. If you ever have issues with the Zoom link - please, let Mrs. Bradford know right away by sending an email - bradford.diane@iowacityschools.org - I will do my best to resolve any issues right away. ELP classes will last 50 minutes and meet at least three times (150 min) within a two-week period unless you are contacted and notified of a change. Please, make sure you are using your name when logging on to our class Zoom so you are admitted promptly at our class time.

CHANGES made from Original Post date......Please, check this Out!

4th & 5th Graders meet on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:05-10:35 AM

6th Graders meet on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00-1:30 PM

Classes will begin the Week of September 14th!

Zoom Link - Mrs. Bradford's ELP Class

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at any time.

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Cognitive Abilities Test

Second graders were not screened and the Full CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) was not given to qualifying/nominated 2nd-5th graders in the spring due to school being closed. Fourth- Sixth-grade students who were nominated in the spring will be contacted in the next couple weeks and a date/time will be set up for them to come into their home school to take the CogAT. This testing will occur between September 21st - October 16th. Parents of this year's third graders will be given the opportunity to request that their child take the full CogAT this fall. They will receive a form to complete in the near future. This testing will occur near the beginning of October. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to take the test at school, at this time, you may opt to have your child take the test in the spring of 2021.

The CogAT measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. The CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement. The CogAT measures both general and specific cognitive abilities. The general reasoning abilities measured by the test show the cognitive process and strategies that help a student learn new tasks or solve problems.

* The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.

*The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem-solving in mathematics and other disciplines.

* The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.

Math Enrichment

If you are looking for a way to improve your reasoning skills, challenge your brain to think more critically, or just have some math fun...check out this hyperlinked document. You can click on each icon and it will link you to the resource's webpage.

Resources for ELP Students and Parents