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Gt parent meeting k 2 with depth and complex 2013-2014 Gt parent meeting k 2 with depth and complex 2013-2014 Presentation Transcript

  • GT Parent Meeting Northern Hills Elementary School GT Teacher Mrs. Katri Delac 2013-2014
  • Some Characteristics of Gifted Children…… Gets excitement from intellectual challenge Have an intense awareness of the world’s problems Have an advanced vocabulary (may be an avid reader) Has difficulty focusing on or finishing assignments; may seem disorganized Is sensitive, empathetic, and emotional Gets bored and frustrated, wants to move on quickly to more interesting work Shows outstanding responsibility and independence
  • Shows superior reasoning powers and can see subtle relationships, abstract thinker Shows persistent intellectual curiosity Develops one or more interests to considerable depth Observes keenly; is responsive to new ideas Learns quickly and easily and retains what is learned Shows creative ability or imaginative expression Is self-critical, a perfectionist Communicates easily with adults (not always peers) What do you notice? Does anything surprise you?
  • Depth & Complexity Icons Based upon the work of Sandra Kaplan, USC
  • We promote higher order thinking skills through… • Critical thinking practice • Creative thinking practice • Problem solving • Research/inquiry • Use of technology • Affective thinking activities • Decision-making • Taking on leadership roles
  • Our goal is to develop each child’s cognitive ability through activities based on four types of thinking: •Convergent (looking for the interrelationships between clues and recognizing flaws in reasoning) •Divergent (listing many responses and looking for ideas that are original and off-beat) •Visual/Spatial (focusing on memory and mental manipulation of images) •Evaluative (looking for more than one viewpoint, understanding criteria, and offering a solution based on valid considerations)
  • K-2 Themes:  K—Exploring Thinking  1st –Exploring Differences  Discoveries: Me, World  2nd—Exploring Connections  Natural Structures (Biomimicry)/Manmade Structures (Walls) Students that qualify for GT K-2 will remain in GT each year until the end of 2nd grade.
  • GT Class Schedule 1st Grade: Monday mornings 2nd Grade: Monday afternoons 5th Grade: Tuesday 4th Grade: Wednesday 3rd Grade: Thursday Kindergarten: Friday morning All grades have their normal specials time.
  • Students that qualify for the GT (K-2) program remain in the program until the end of second grade. Students must be re-assessed at the beginning of third grade for the GT (3-5) program. Classroom performance, test scores, and reading averages are used to screen for testing.
  • •Communication, Discovery, and Structures Notebooks •Depth and Complexity Reflection sheets •Student Report Cards January (2nd Grade only) May (1st and 2nd)
  •  Feed that hungry mind. (Museums, Libraries)  Be a learner yourself.  Keep track of your child’s school performance and progress.  Encourage and support your child’s creativity.  Respond to your child’s questions.  Create a safe environment for failure. Give them permission to make some mistakes and learn from them.  Praise your child for taking risks, even when things don’t turn out the way he/she planned. Look for science, art, or music classes in the community.  Help your child find a mentor—a caring adult or teenager who will guide and encourage him.  Tell them specific things you like and admire about him/her. Go beyond school performance.  Treat your GT child with respect by listening to them.  Pay attention to your child’s passions. Support and encourage.  Help your child find balance in life