Westwood Bales Gifted and Talented Program in Friendswood ISD

Westwood Bales Gifted and Talented Program in Friendswood ISD

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Slide1 Westwood - Bales Gifted and Talented Program Friendswood ISD   Westwood - Bales Gifted and Talented Program Friendswood ISD Stacy Mueller  GT Specialist Stacy Mueller  GT Specialist

Slide2The 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.

Slide3State Goal For Services ForGifted 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.”

Slide4Identification and Placement• Fall screening- new students transferring to FISD •  Spring screening- teacher / parent nomination • Data reviewed by committee • Students meeting criteria are selected for the program ( 2 Quantitative  / 2 Qualitative ) • Parent contacted •  Participation is voluntary

Slide5GT Services in FISD• SEARCH  (K-5 th ) • Grouped with other gifted students • Differentiated Instruction • Pre-Advanced Placement classes-  Jr. High • Advanced Placement classes -  High School • Also… – Destination Imagination (2nd -5th grade) – Robotics (4th & 5th grade) – Mathletes (2nd & 3rd grade) – Young Inventor’s Showcase (4 th  grade GT) – Mars Rover (5th grade GT ) – Spelling Bee (3rd -5th grade)

Slide6CharacteristicsCompared to other children your child’s age, your child may show many of these characteristics: • Reasons well • Learns rapidly • Has extensive vocabulary • Sensitive • Perfectionist • Intense • Has strong curiosity • Has a high degree of energy • Prefers older companions or adults • Has a wide range of interests • Has a great sense of humor • Concerned with justice, fairness • Is a keen observer • Has a vivid imagination • Tends to question authority

Slide7Kinds of Gifted Learners:• Studious High Achievers • Social Leaders • Creative Intellectuals • Gifted Underachievers

Slide8High AchieverGifted Learner Creative Thinker Remembers the answers. Poses unforeseen questions. Sees exceptions. Is interested. Is curious. Wonders Is 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.

Slide9*Joseph Renzulli

Slide108 Gripes of Gifted Kids:1. No one   explains  what being gifted is all about. 2. School is  too easy  or boring. 3. Parents, teachers and friends  expect us to be perfect  all the time. 4. Friends who really understand us are few and far between. 5. Kids often tease us about being smart. 6. We feel  overwhelmed  by the number of things we can do in life. 7. We feel  different  and alienated. 8. 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

Slide11SEARCH(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 plan • Curriculum of greater  depth &   complexity • Challenges students in pull-out lessons with increased student responsibility • GOALS – Develop  problem solving  and  communication skills necessary for success in life – Become independent,  life-long learners – Become producers and contributing members of society – Develop a healthy self-concept enabling teamwork and collaboration

Slide12Critical Thinking • Creativity/Innovation • Communication • Collaboration

Slide13SEARCH SCHEDULEBales Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday 8:30–9:15          4 th  (Galli) 10:00-10:45       4 th   (Hoskins) 11:50–12:05       5 th  (Corley) 12:05-12:40       Lunch 12:40–1:10       5 th  (Corley)  2:15–3:00         5 th  (Lusk) Westwood      Thursday 8:30-9:15 1 st  (Limmer) 9:45-11:45 3 rd  (Defibaugh) 12:30-2:30 2 nd  (German)        Friday 8:30-9:30  1 st  (Limmer) 11:50-12:20  3 rd  (Rogers) 12:20-1:00  Lunch  1:00-2:30  3 rd  (Rogers)

Slide14Units of Study:1st Grade: Productive Thinking Scientific Method Color Wheel & Symmetry Cereal 2nd Grade : Portfolios    SCAMPER Cards Codes & Ciphers 3rd Grade:    Personal Artifacts Archaeology Mysteries Great American Campout

Slide15Units of Study4th Grade: Perspective  This I Believe  Galimoto Innovation Artists 5th Grade: Leadership The Brain Mars Rover Middle Ages

Slide16Critical Thinking • Creative Thinking • Communication • Collaboration • Self-Directed Learning • Behavior

Slide17Destination Imagination• Creative Problem Solving Competition • Builds creativity, problem solving, team work • 5-7 students on a team • Challenges / Rising Stars • www.idodi.org • www.texasdi.org • Information Meeting  September 19th         in  Bales Library 5:30.

Slide18                  RoboticsWe participate in the   TCEA LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Challenge . This year’s challenge is Rubble Trouble! For more information on the challenge, visit  www.tcea.org/robotics Robotics team members should have the following qualities: • Team player • Interest in engineering, programming , math • Highly self-motivated • Willing to learn • Able to handle constructive criticism • Willing to commit an extensive amount of time         Applications due to Mrs. Mueller                    September 13th!

Slide19Helpful Websites / Books:www.txgifted.org www.hoagiesgifted.org www.sengifted.org www.nagc.org www.davidsongifted.org www.tip.duke.org Growing Up Gifted  by: Barbara Clark When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers  by: Judith Galbraith You Know Your Child is Gifted…  by: Judith Galbraith Guiding the Gifted Child  by: James Webb

Slide20Thank you for coming tonight!Please remember to sign up for my Newsflash . Stacy Mueller smueller@fisdk12.net