Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
Sixth graders were full of excitement today! We discussed our emotions, and our field trips for this year. That discussion rolled into a discussion about next year in TAG and how they are worried about taking TAG and their required electives. That discussion rolled into a concern of not being able to compete in the Future City competition next year because they feel they may not be able to be involved in TAG. Well, can guess what happen next? They began talking about how they would like to be in the Competition NOW. My heart stopped because of all of the excitement and panic hit at the same time. There is a deadline of enrollment on October 30th. Deadlines of two research papers and a virtual reality simulation due December 15th. A table size model and presentation due by January 1st. A requirement of having a Engineer Mentor, transportation to the event in Rolla and setting up presenters on the topic along with a lot of research for the two papers that are due in December. I have taken students to the competition three times and it is a project that needs their full and undivided attention at the beginning of September. They feel they can do it and I am so proud of them that they have that determination, but from past experience I have noticed students shut down because they are so overwhelmed by the time constraints and outside of school dedication that may come while working on the project when they fall behind. I called my previous mentor, Mr. Conway, and he agrees as well that it is too late to start the process and he will not be available to help.
I truly believe that students will be better prepared as 7th graders for the demands of the exciting Future City competition by starting at the beginning of the school year. There is so much to go over and prepare before they begin the research and writing of the two papers, designing a virtual city and building an innovative model only out of recycled parts, lastly, a great presentation of why your city is needed 100 years from now. I would love for the students in 6th grade to continue 7th grade TAG and begin their ideas now for next year. They will be prepared for the demands of the competition next year.
I hope that students will understand that we need much more time than they will be able to give this late in the game. I have a couple of competitions with Code Club and Samsung that I am discussing with them at the present time that I feel will work out for this year.
About the field trips. November 7th: Food Bank service event and 2 Museum tours at the Anthropology Museum in Columbia.
February 26th: GAM (Gifted Association of Mo.) Day at the Capitol and visit the Governors Mansion Tour. Lunch with the Senator possibly as well.
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Boonville Talented and Gifted Program