Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented Handbook: Link to GT Handbook

This year in Gifted and Talented we will be participating in Genius Hour projects. Students will focus on a topic, a passion, or an interest--something that can’t be quickly answered by Google. They are given designated time to take control of their learning and pursue things that matter to THEM, with the understanding that their discoveries must be shared with the world.This inquiry-driven system promotes self-motivation and the highest level of engagement in our students by creating community connections and encouraging intellectual conversations.

Via GT, students have started their year by completing personal interest inventories, learning to generate ideas, participate in class discussions, and collaboration challenges. In order for them to feel comfortable taking risks, we first build a solid community within the classroom that encourages the 4 C’s +1 R- Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Reflection. From there, the 6 P’s of Genius Hour begin...Passion, Planning, Pitch, Project, Product, and Presentation.

Most of the research and projects will be completed in GT, but some assistance at home may be needed. Once projects are near completion a invitation will be sent home so you can attend your child’s GT class to be a part of their presentation along with an invite to the expert that may have helped along the way. This will be a special day for only your child to present to their GT class as a showcase event or a bigger audience that they choose. When presentations are over, we take the time to evaluate ourselves and each other before diving into the next project.

We will also be working on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities and journaling, book clubs, creative writing, and STEM challenges.

You can find me at Rancho Sienna Elementary on Mondays and Wednesdays and at Bill Burden Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will alternate on Fridays between each campus.