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


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

  1. 1. GT Parent Meeting Northern Hills Elementary School GT Teacher Mrs. Katri Delac 2013-2014
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. Depth & Complexity Icons Based upon the work of Sandra Kaplan, USC
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. •Communication, Discovery, and Structures Notebooks •Depth and Complexity Reflection sheets •Student Report Cards January (2nd Grade only) May (1st and 2nd)
  11. 11.  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