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1 Westwood - Bales Gifted and Talented Program Friendswood ISD Stacy MuellerGT Specialist
2 The FISD Gifted and Talented Program offers special services to students who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.
3 State Goal For Services For Gifted Students: “Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.”
4 Identification and Placement Fall screening- new students transferring to FISDSpring screening- teacher / parent nominationData reviewed by committeeStudents meeting criteria are selected for the program ( 2 Quantitative / 2 Qualitative )Parent contactedParticipation is voluntary
5 GT Services in FISD SEARCH (K-5th) Grouped with other gifted students Differentiated InstructionPre-Advanced Placement classes- Jr. HighAdvanced Placement classes - High SchoolAlso…Destination Imagination (2nd -5th grade)Robotics (4th & 5th grade)Mathletes (2nd & 3rd grade)Young Inventor’s Showcase (4th grade GT)Mars Rover (5th grade GT )Spelling Bee (3rd -5th grade)
6 Characteristics Compared to other children your child’s age, your child may show many of these characteristics:Reasons wellLearns rapidlyHas extensive vocabularySensitivePerfectionistIntenseHas strong curiosityHas a high degree of energyPrefers older companions or adultsHas a wide range of interestsHas a great sense of humorConcerned with justice, fairnessIs a keen observerHas a vivid imaginationTends to question authority
7 Kinds of Gifted Learners: Studious High AchieversSocial LeadersCreative IntellectualsGifted Underachievers
8 High Achiever Gifted Learner Creative Thinker Remembers the answers. Poses unforeseen questions.Sees exceptions.Is interested.Is curious.WondersIs attentive.Is selectively mentally engaged.Daydreams.Works hard to achieve.Knows without working hard.Plays with ideas and concepts.At the top of the group.Beyond the group.In own group.Learns with ease.Already knows.Questions: What if…Enjoys school often.Enjoys self-directed learning.Enjoys creating.Absorbs information.Manipulates information.Improvises.Completes assignments on time.Initiates projects and extensions of assignments.Initiates more projects than will ever be completed.
10 8 Gripes of Gifted Kids:No one explains what being gifted is all about.School is too easy or boring.Parents, teachers and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.Friends who really understand us are few and far between.Kids often tease us about being smart.We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do in life.We feel different and alienated.We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything about them.From When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Delisle
11 SEARCH (SEEK, EXPERIMENT, ANALYZE, RESEARCH, CREATE, HYPOTHESIZE) Provides GT services in the four core areas and in areas such as productive thinking, problem solving, logic and leadership as identified by the state planCurriculum of greater depth & complexityChallenges students in pull-out lessons with increased student responsibilityGOALSDevelop problem solving and communication skills necessary for success in lifeBecome independent, life-long learnersBecome producers and contributing members of societyDevelop a healthy self-concept enabling teamwork and collaboration
14 Units of Study: 1st Grade: 2nd Grade: 3rd Grade: Productive Thinking Scientific Method Color Wheel & SymmetryCereal2nd Grade:PortfoliosSCAMPERCardsCodes & Ciphers3rd Grade:Personal Artifacts Archaeology Mysteries Great American Campout
15 Units of Study 4th Grade: Perspective This I Believe Galimoto Innovation Artists 5th Grade: Leadership The Brain Mars Rover Middle Ages
16 Progress Reports Critical Thinking Creative Thinking Communication CollaborationSelf-Directed LearningBehavior
17 Destination Imagination Creative Problem Solving CompetitionBuilds creativity, problem solving, team work5-7 students on a teamChallenges / Rising StarsInformation Meeting September 19thin Bales Library 5:30.
18 Robotics Rubble Trouble! We participate in the TCEA LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Challenge.This year’s challenge isRubble Trouble!For more information on the challenge,visitRobotics team members should have the following qualities:Team playerInterest in engineering, programming , mathHighly self-motivatedWilling to learnAble to handle constructive criticismWilling to commit an extensive amount of timeApplications due to Mrs. MuellerSeptember 13th!
19 Helpful Websites / Books: Growing Up Gifted by: Barbara ClarkWhen Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers by: Judith GalbraithYou Know Your Child is Gifted… by: Judith GalbraithGuiding the Gifted Child by: James Webb
20 Thank you for coming tonight! Please remember to sign up for my Newsflash.Stacy Mueller