2 QuestionsIf you have questions, please write them on a sticky note, and place them on the questions paper. We will answer all the questions in a newsletter by Friday, September 21st.
3 Mission StatementThe mission statement of the GATE 10 Program is: We believe in persevering through the rigor of true learning in order to: expand individual boundaries, develop character, and thrive in a competitive world.
5 Curriculum OverviewParallels the standards (TEKS) of a regular classroom while embedding rigor, depth, and complexityIntegrated Unit StudiesNovelsNon-fictionArtMusicSocial StudiesLatin StemsGrammarWriting Workshop
6 Humanity Circles“Humanity” or “Literature” Circles are flexible groups of students who have read the same book, and meet weekly to discuss it.Books provided by the school.Humanity Circles…Promote a positive attitude toward readingProvide a choice and encourage responsibilityEncourage extensive/intensive readingInvite discussions that lead to inquiry and critical thinkingSupport responses from multiple perspectivesFoster interactions and collaborationNurture reflection and self-evaluation(Owen, 1995)
7 Third GradeUniversal Theme: Establishing Identities within Various CommunitiesEnduring Understandings:We learn about ourselves by studying the lives of others.My personal qualities can help or hinder the formation of relationships.What others think about (community) affects how we think about ourselves.In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, the individual has responsibilities to various communities, who have responsibilities to us.Parallels exist between our “growing” up and a community.
8 Outcomes Inspire Confidence Fostering Participation Build for Success Think with Depth and Complexity!
9 Homework in 3rd IS Given to students at the beginning of the week Due the following MondaySpelling quizzes every FridaySchedule time for homework (30 mins. a day)Communicate homework in the weekly newsletterReading Log-15 minutes of reading daily; due Mondays
10 Fourth GradeUniversal Theme: There are many universal adversities which results in universal adaptations.JourneysEsperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz-RyanExplorers, Regions of Texas, Native Americans, Spanish MissionsFreedomBud, Not Buddy, Curtis“Texas Rumblings and Ramblings,”-Changes within TexasRebellionFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by KonigsburgTexas Revolution, Civil War, Annexation, Statehood, and Oil Boom, Industrial Age to Present-Day Texas
11 A Day in the Life…A typical class incorporates every subject. A day in the IS classroom might include:Reading WorkshopA short read-aloud from a companion novelReflection (Reader’s Response Notebook)Reading Skill Lessons (Mini-lessons)Literature circlesLudic ReadingWriting WorkshopWriting ProcessGrammarLatinMini-lessonsSocial StudiesIntegrated with Reading and Writing WorkshopsPrimary and Secondary SourcesCollaborative LearningEngaged students focused on reading, writing, conversation, open-ended questioning, and connecting to the Depth and Complexity icons. Homework is an extension of what we have worked on and discussed during the day.
12 Outcomes of I.S. Inspire Confidence Fostering Participation Build for SuccessMaking Connections Across DisciplinesDeveloping Metacognition (self-thinking) at a Depth and Complexity level
13 Math Teachers: Jaci Baxter (HES) Sandra Dennis (LES) Grant Kuneman (PES)
14 MATH BASICSOur curriculum is accelerated, focusing on depth and complexity. In third grade, we cover the 3rd grade TEKS and a majority of 4th grade TEKS. In 4th grade, we review 4th grade TEKS and cover all of the fifth grade TEKS.GT math classes meet everyday for 90 minutes.
15 Daily Math LessonsWe teach the TEKS through problem solving and hands on experiences.Examples:ManipulativesAnalyzing data to determine meaning of words and how to build conceptual knowledgeVariety of strategies
16 Independent Practice Looks Like… Playing Math gamesProblem solving in groups, with a partner, or independentlySmall group teacher sessionsJournal reflectionsPractice applying skills at a deeper level
17 Homework Problem solving: 3rd--“Stretch Your Thinking” questions 4th—Math OlympiadOpportunity to share strategies and attempts— even unsuccessful ones—with classmates on due dateSkill review/practice as neededDaily fact fluency practice (3rd)Expectation for improved success as the year progressesTime commitment: Max mins per night unless by choice
18 Report Card Changes were made to the report card? A few changes have been made to our report card this year based on the feedback wereceived for parent and teacher surveys. We believe these changes make our system ofreporting your child’s academic achievement even better!Your child’s progress will be reported on the standards set for each quarter. Documentshave been created for each content area with a breakdown of expectations for eachquarter. You will see your child’s student achievement based on the end-of-yearexpectations at the end of the school year.How will we track student progress?Rubric scores-amount of points earned out of the total points available for the assignment Example : 4/6 on an assignment.Checked worked sent home with rubric scores and teacher commentsLearning Goal reflections (sent home from IS)Teacher anecdotal notesInformal assessments completed in classAssessments of learning objectives
19 Report Card What are the Performance Indicators? The performance indicators are used to report academic performance for each quarter.E-Exceeds Standard (this level has been added to report to parents when their child is exceeding the expected standard either during the marking period or at the end of the school year.)M-Meets the Standard (given when your child has mastered the standard)N-Nearing Standard (given when your child is still working on the standard with teacher instruction)B-Below Standard (given when a student is working below grade level for a particular standard.What are the Behavior and Work Habits?Behavior and Work Habits will be reported for each content area.C-ConsistentlyO-OftenS-SometimesR-Rarely
20 Lovejoy Gifted Association The LGA is a not-for-profit advocacy group for all gifted children in Lovejoy ISD. Membership is open to all persons interested in the mission of the organization.Academic Enrichment:
21 GATE 10Thank you for sharing your brilliant children with us this year! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions throughout the year, or write it on a sticky note if you have one tonight.
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