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Ms. Fitzpatrick Fourth Grade Gifted Teacher
What’s it all about? For parents and students and teacher! Joy in the challenge The gift of failure Growth mindset Learning with peers-emotional, social, and intellectual
History of Gifted Program in Henrico County Responsive to the County needs County website http: //henricoschools. us/gifted/ Zone centers and school-based Educator qualifications: gifted endorsement Academic, social, emotional student needs Parent education
So, what does this really mean? Because your child has been identified as “gifted, ” he/she needs something “different. ” Trained teachers who recognize and respond to individual needs Consistent opportunities for acceleration, differentiation, enrichment, extension Explicit focus on personal accountability, meta-cognition, learning styles, study skills, productivity, time management A more homogeneous learning environment within a classroom of intellectual peers Parents may need something different too!
Learner Characteristics MANY ways to think of our learners… Bright Child and Gifted Child http: //www. iusd. org/wp/documents/bright. Child. Or. Gifted. Learner. pdf High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker http: //www. bertiekingore. com/high-gt-create. htm Characteristics of Giftedness that Present Challenges
Habits of the Mind Persisting Communicating w/clarity & precision Managing impulsivity Gathering data through all senses Listening w/understanding & empathy Creating, imagining, innovating Thinking flexibly Responding w/wonderment & awe ~ Art Costa - http: //www. instituteforhabitsofmind. com
Habits of the Mind, cont. Thinking about your thinking Taking responsible risks Striving for accuracy & precision Finding humor Questioning & problem-posing Thinking interdependently Applying past knowledge to new situations Remaining open to continuous learning ~ Art Costa - http: //www. instituteforhabitsofmind. com
Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Verbal/linguistic Math/logic Interpersonal Intrapersonal Musical Visual/spatial Nature kinesthetic
Learning Styles Auditory Visual kinesthetic
Study Skills Ways to study to match multiple intelligence strengths and learning styles Organization Responsibililty Long and short term tasks
Executive Functioning Organization Cognition Emotional Control Flexible Thinking Self Monitoring (reflection) Task Initiation Working Memory
In a Nut Shell PROGRAM MISSION Rigor Challenge Growth Choice Engagement Best High Practices Expectations PROGRAM OUTCOMES Address learning styles Differentiate curriculum Foster higher level thinking skills Create positive learning environment Enhance student engagement
This is going to be a great year!