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Mrs. Smith-Dupriest

What do students learn in Gifted and Advanced Learning?

Gifted and Advanced Learning programs are tailored to meet the unique academic needs of students who demonstrate exceptional talent or aptitude in one or more areas. Skills include:

Higher-Order Thinking Skills: These include:

  • Critical thinking: Analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information.

  • Problem-solving: Applying knowledge and skills to address complex real-world challenges.

  • Logical reasoning: Drawing conclusions from given facts or premises.

Depth and Complexity: Delving deeper into standard curriculum topics, exploring them in greater detail and from multiple perspectives.

Research Skills: Students often:

  • Conduct independent research projects.

  • Learn about the research process, including formulating hypotheses, data collection, and analysis.

  • Present findings both in written format and oral presentations.

Advanced Content: Accelerated learning in core subjects like mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. This could involve studying subjects typically reserved for older grade levels or exploring standard subjects in more depth.

Creativity: Emphasis on:

  • Divergent thinking (thinking "outside the box").

  • Creative expression through various media like art, music, writing, etc.

  • Innovation and design challenges.

Social and Emotional Development: Addressing the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students, including:

  • Perfectionism.

  • Sensitivity.

  • Peer relations, including feelings of isolation or being "different."

Leadership and Communication Skills: Opportunities to lead projects, participate in group discussions, and practice public speaking.

Interdisciplinary Study: Combining different subjects and themes to create holistic learning experiences.

Real-World Applications: Applying learned concepts to real-world situations, often through field trips, guest speakers, or community projects.

Mentorships and Specialized Opportunities: Connecting students with experts in fields of interest for more profound learning experiences. This could also include advanced workshops or competitions.

Cultural and Global Awareness: Exploring diverse cultures, histories, and global challenges to cultivate a broader understanding of the world.

Technology and Digital Literacy: Using advanced technological tools and platforms for research, projects, and communication.

What is available to enrich student learning in Gifted and Advanced Learning?

All identified students are encouraged to participate in local, state, and national academic competitions involving problem-solving, writing, speaking, debate, art, and media. Examples of such competitions include: