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Pegasus essentials 2012 2013


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Pegasus essentials 2012 2013

  1. 1.  Program to Enhance the Gifts, Aptitudes, and Skills of Unique Students
  2. 2.  Jennifer Marten (grades K-4) ◦ Word Masters (grades 3-4) ◦ Grouping/Scheduling ◦ Critical Thinking Jessica Barrington (grades 5-8) ◦ 5th Grade ◦ Math Olympiad & Word Masters ◦ Testing out ◦ Challenge opportunities ◦ Grading ◦ GEMS
  3. 3.  The links to our past presentations can be found on all three parent wikis. ◦ (K-4) ◦ (5-8) ◦ (9-12)
  4. 4.  We want to ◦ Move away from lecture model ◦ Share some of the great literature on giftedness ◦ Have a chance to listen and learn from each other Our plan is to ◦ Lead discussions on the following books  Barefoot Irreverence Irreverence-Collection-Writings- Education/dp/1882664795/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8& qid=1347646659&sr=1-1&keywords=barefoot+irreverence  Nurturing Brilliance Brilliance-Discovering-Developing- Childs/dp/1935067125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347645 690&sr=8-1&keywords=nurturing+brilliance
  5. 5.  The WATG (Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted) Annual Conference is at Blue Harbor October 11-12. There is a discounted rate for parents. 451/parent_promo1.pdf Roots and Wings – if you are not on the email list, please contact Kelly Haefs at
  6. 6. 1. Be supportive and encouraging2. Don‟t expect perfection or too much from us3. Don‟t pressure us or be too demanding4. Help us with our schoolwork/homework5. Help us to develop our talents6. Be understanding7. Don‟t expect straight A‟s8. Allow us some independence9. Talk/Listen to us10. Let us try other programs
  7. 7. What can you do at home?
  8. 8. 1. Use moderation2. Be positive3. Agree on and communicate expectations4. Let the learner struggle5. Connect effort with results6. Enforce academic time7. Share decision making8. Use incentives9. Communicate clearly
  9. 9. 10. Minimize anxiety11. Build self esteem
  10. 10.  Get the whole story Be careful not to ask leading questions Listen to what they are saying Help your child become a self- advocate ◦ Ask him/her to verbalize the issue ◦ Help him/her brainstorm a solution ◦ Help him/her verbalize how to appropriately approach the teacher
  11. 11.  Differentiated assignments Subject area acceleration Compacted curriculum Pretesting
  12. 12.  Accept that everything cannot be perfect for everyone at all times. Teach your children to turn lemons into lemonade. Model that behavior. Recognize issues that should be addressed by the school and act in a timely manner. Contact the appropriate person when you have a concern.
  13. 13.  Formulate your concern before meeting Be prepared No personal vendettas Write short, effective speeches Encourage fathers to attend meetings Make sure to compliment the things the teacher is doing that you appreciate
  14. 14.  Identify the problem. Investigate the situation and research the facts. Universalize the problem. Relate it to the mission and goals of the school. Strive for a reasonable/rational case. Emotions tend to detract from your credibility.
  15. 15.  Write a synopsis of the problem. ◦ State the problem as you interpret it. ◦ Present the evidence of the problem. ◦ List alternatives that might alleviate the problem. ◦ Be succinct. ◦ Use „we‟ not „I‟ and „you‟. View the problem from others‟ perspective. ◦ Teacher ◦ Student ◦ Principal Never call when you are angry or very emotional.
  16. 16.  Allow the person most directly involved the opportunity to hear your concern first. Call for an appointment but be prepared in case the person is available to talk then. Greet the person warmly. State your facts calmly and in order. Build bridges; do not burn them. If you‟re happy with the results of the meeting, say so and say thank you. If not, move up the chain of command.
  17. 17.  Talk to the GT Coordinator Talk to the Principal Talk to the Director of Instruction
  18. 18.  Remember, your child is watching how you handle the situation. You are demonstrating that you love them and consider education a priority. You are modeling that every human counts so respect others as well as yourself. You are teaching that problem solving involves creativity, logic, protocol, challenge, time, an d commitment.
  19. 19.  6/six-words-you-should-say-today/ “… College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: „I love to watch you play.‟” ( family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare- sports-parent)
  20. 20.  Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Raising Champions by M.F. Sayler Judy Galbraith, M. A. and Jim Delisle, P.H.D. (1996). The Gifted Kids‟ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing Diane Heacox (1991). Up From Underachievement. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing Carolyn Coil (1999). Encouraging Achievement. Pieces of Learning