Convergent Thinking ▪ Students will reason logically using induction, deduction, and abduction. ▪ Examples: logic problems, algebraic reasoning, Hands-On Equations
Divergent Thinking Students will think creatively to generate innovative ideas, products, or solutions to problems. Cognitive Components of Creativity: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration Affective Components of Creativity: Risk-taking, Complexity, Curiosity, and Imagination Examples: brainstorming, transformations, creative problem solving, repurposing items
Evaluative Thinking Students will evaluate and solve a variety of authentic problems. Examples: 1. Ranking and evaluating the quality of ideas for problem solving (evaluative thinking process) 2. Using and creating rubrics to assess work
Relationships and Connections Students will make relationships and connections among various topics and disciplines. Examples: Researching real-world topics and making connections to other disciplines; reflecting on societal and/or environmental issues and developing potential solutions
Affective Growth Standards Communication Collaboration Self-Reflection Respect for Others Self-Directed Learner “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” Bill Nye
Assessment Indicators (S) Successful: Consistently and independently demonstrates outcomes supporting grade-level standards and elements. (P) Progressing: Demonstrates outcomes supporting grade- level standards and elements with support. (D) Does not meet: Limited progress in demonstration of outcomes supporting grade-level standards and elements.
Quarterly Review ▪ A minimum of 7 out of 11 S’s and P’s indicates student is currently meeting essential requirements for continued placement. M = Meets continuation criteria for this quarter D = Does not meet continuation criteria for this quarter; probation in effect ▪ Attendance: Students must attend 65% of classes each quarter to be assessed. ▪ Comments provide descriptive feedback of your child’s performance.
Continuation Criteria (Annual Review) Gifted services are recommended for the following year if: student has met continuation criteria 3 out of 4 quarters * AND received a minimum of 1 “S” per standard in at least 7 out of 11 standards over the course of the academic year *
A Typical Target Day Algebraic Thinking Cognitive and Affective lessons Research, discussion, simulation, experimentation, problem-based learning Technology integration Independent and collaborative
Expectations RESPECT for everyone BRAVERY: willingness to take risks EFFORT: always doing one’s best POSITIVE ATTITUDE at all times RESPONSIBILITY for materials and homework
Prevailing Practices Gifted students are not expected to make up missed regular classroom work or homework on Target days. When students are absent on their Target day, it is their responsibility to get and complete missed work before their next Target day.