Presentation on theme: "Redwood City School District GATE Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Redwood City School District GATE Program 2014-2015 Parent Orientation MeetingRedwood City School District GATE ProgramNatalie Sanchez
2 Introductions Natalie Sanchez 2nd year teaching the GATE program North Star AcademyKennedy Middle SchoolSpecialize in Differentiated InstructionOver the past few years I have worked with learning different kids primarily in math and readingNow looking forward to being back in redwood city teaching a unique and integral positionExcited to be a teaching the programHave spent many hours creating a fabulous units and am looking forward to seeing the kids be creative and challenged in different ways
3 What is GATE? GATE: Gifted and Talented Education These are students whose potential requires differentiated and challenging educational programs or services beyond those provided in the general school program.Redwood City School DistrictAll day pull out programDifferentiated, complex, enriching, and rigorous learningHomogenous group of gifted studentsGrouped by grade level
4 Gifted Learner Characteristics Asks the questionsGood guesserIs highly curiousIs keenly observantPlays around yet tests wellThrives on complexityDiscusses in detail, elaboratesInitiates projectsShows strong feelings1-2 repetitions for masteryIs intenseCreates a new designEnjoys learningInventorOur class website has a link to Associationand more info on gifted learnersThese are some of the characteristics. For more information visitCalifornia Association for the Gifted
5 GATE Learning Objectives At all grade levels, students will explore, problem solve and use various avenues to address educational challenges. They will learn there is no "right way" to tackle concepts. Students will also examine GATE characteristics and identify their learning styles.
6 Social & Emotional Benefits of GATE Program This is an opportunity for GATE identified students to work together in a homogeneous group. Group work and social interactions with gifted students and their peers.Understanding of GATE characteristics and how that effects one socially and emotionally.The grouping of GATE students allows them to exhibit their GATE characteristics in a like minded environment.Students have said they enjoy this grouping because of the shared interests and intensity on projects
7 GATE Program11-13 class meetings (1-2 times per month) during the year including 3 field tripsProgram schedule:Classes meet either Tuesday, Thursday, or FridaysStudents will miss class during Smarter Balance TestingGATCA: Gifted and Talented Children’s AssociationInformation and support for GATE childrenSupports our program-field trips, computers, speakersIntroduce Marlene as Board Member and have her speak
8 Expectations Consistent attendance Be Punctual Please or call me ASAP if your child will miss class. Please leave a message at the Selby Lane office after 8:20.Be Punctual8:20-2:30 Regular Day8:20-1:30 Minimum DayStudents line up at 404 line outside in morningCome prepared and ready to learn!Lunch, snack, water bottle, uniform type clothesGood BehaviorEspecially important due to the design of the classIf there are any extra materials for students to bring to class, I will you and let you know ahead of time.
9 Uniform Policy Pants or skirts: khaki or black Shirts or blouses: plain white collar shirt/blouse OR school t-shirtSweatshirts: plain black, khaki or light gray OR a school sweatshirtCoats or Jackets: any style or color except red or blue. No sport jerseysShoes: closed toed onlyPlease go to Selby Lane office if you need of assistance to purchase uniformsClothing is to have no writing or pictures on them
10 Transportation No buses available for drop off/pick up Sections are grouped by schoolCarpooling is encouraged with your fellow schoolmatesPlease allow appropriate travel time to ensure your child is on time to class.Drivers are needed for field trips –no busesI know transportation is a difficult one for some, a reason why their child cannot attend the program. I truly hope you can find a way to get your child here to participate in this wonderful program.
11 Homework and Materials Needed No GATE homeworkMaterials to bring to classDonations from materials list –simple household items to help supply for design challengesWater bottle, snack/lunch and uniformFurther learning:Visit class website to further explore our units. Website will be updated as the year progresses.I also all 4th -6th grade teachers asking to reduce GATE students workload. I am hoping they will do this, but please also suggest it to your teacher.I plan on ing classes asking for donations of design supplies from home. These are simple household items you may have
12 Sample of 4th Grade Topics Electricity and Magnetism: Students will experiment with and build different types of circuits. They will combine their knowledge of magnetism and electricity to build an electromagnet for design challenges.Animal Adaptations: Students will examine adaptions and create a super animals based on their given environment.World conservation: Students will examine ways perform design challenges to conserve our resources.Fibonacci: Students will learn about the Fibonacci pattern and create their own designs based on Fibonacci numbers.The fourth grade curriculum is the first step in the GATE program. This year focuses on design challenges that explain major scientific concepts.They will take these concepts and apply them in more depth than a general classroom
13 Sample of 5th Grade Topics Crime Scene Investigation Mysteries: Students will crack cases using the knowledge they’ve learned about fingerprints, chromatography, and scientific observations of forensic evidence.Simple Machines: Students will experiment with levers, pulleys, wheels and axles and solve design challenges using these simple machines.Mystery Material: Students investigate the properties of common elements and learn how they are organized on the periodic table. They will use tools and tests to separate and identify properties of a mystery material.Biomimicry: Students will learn how to apply animal adaptions to solve real world problems.These units are designed to be highly interactive, problem based and allow more time than a regular class for multiple redesignsThis way students learn to reevaluate their workBecause of the unique opportunity of having a GATE all day class, students can explore and dig deeper into the concepts with their classmates. They can explore more ways to design and test different materials in both design challenges and experiments
14 Sample of 6th Grade Topics Renewable Energy: Students will learn about the types of renewable energy and solve real life problems with these energy sources. They will also design a “solar oven” to roast marshmallows.Bridge Design: Students will apply the concepts of force and energy to solve bridge design challenges.Ancient Civilizations: Students will connect natural resources with ancient social systems to understand the problems ancient peoples faced.Our World, Our Lives: Students will investigate different biomes, and the importance of natural resources to their personal lives. Students will design an invention to a real world environmental issue.Fabulous Physics: Students will explore the laws of physics through fun activities and experiments.The sixth grade curriculum is designed to discuss major issues facing our natural world and devise solutions. Students engage in debates discussing our human impact and find solutions to real life problems.
15 Field Trips 3 Field Trips each grade level Field trip permission forms will be sent home in SeptemberCar checks24 hours in advance-at YOUR school site (not Selby Lane)Bring drivers license and insurance card during car checkBooster chair (if under 80 lbs or 8 years)Please take a moment tonight to fill out the forms needed to attend the field trips in advance. This would help streamline all the paperwork beforehand!
16 Parent Help Administrative tasks Field Trips collecting materials list itemsArrange carpooling with your schoolField TripsOrganizing drivers and formsDriversChaperonesCoordinators: One per grade level would be helpful!I would also appreciate any ideas of educational field trips or particular guest speakers you may know of for our class.
17 Questions ???Contact Info:Natalie SanchezSelby Lane Elementary School170 Selby LaneAtherton, CA 94027Room 404Selby Lane phone: (650) 368 – 3996GATE classroom direct line: (650)There is no voic , so is a better way to contact me
18 Before you leave tonight… Confirm your child’s enrollmentFill out a parent/student information formComplete the Field trip forms-if interested in participatingField Trip Guidelines for ChaperoneDriver FormsPlease turn them in to the basketIf you are undecided, you can enroll online atThank you for attending the New Parent Meeting!Class section dates are organized by schoolPlease look for your child’s school to figure out what group you are inThe field trip forms are also organized by section Please take a moment to fill out the forms and if you can drive for any of the trips , please fill out the driver form so I can contact you beforehand.