This week in TAG per grade below.
We are moving along on our research for the independent learning project. Students have been putting together an outline to help them with their research. Many students are still in the book report research mode. I have been giving them feedback on their google classroom with suggestions to help them with a fluid writing style. Transitions from paragraph to paragraph along with reiterating their topic sentence in the intro in to their conclusion. This process is a little bit intimidating to them and may cause a little bit of stress. I had a student who stated, "this is a little bit stressful, I need a stress ball." Students are at an age where the "fun" of learning will become a little bit less as they get older and they will start feeling the stresses of life. Gifted students hold a lot in and will state that they are bored instead of explaining what is really happening. I hope that everyone understands that my job is to challenge students along with helping them understand themselves. This will cause them to feel that fun is gone when they are subjected to something that is really hard. Being challenged now will help them work through the fear of failure instead of waiting until they are hit with the challenges of transiting to middle school and high school.
Also, today in class students witnessed the first baby chick beginning to break out of it's shell. It was pretty exciting. I posted a few pictures/videos on Class Dojo.
Engineering has been our focus building bridges, homes, city, and Native American dwellings. At times, I discuss empathy and peer situations with students to help them understand themselves and others. We did research and writing about Native American Longhouses today. We will continue our research online next week with our STEM form. I Showed students videos about Iroquois history and the process of building the homes along with student examples. (See Below) This is a advance lesson that I have focused primarily on problem solving in Engineering. Instead of using natural resources, we had fun trying to design a longhouse out of marshmallows, tooth picks, Popsicle sticks, and string. We had differentiated design really in force with our longhouses!
Unfortunately, at HCP I do not have a whiteboard/smart-board or a projector or speakers. Having the students view the videos on my laptop is a little rough therefore, if you would like to show them again they are below.
Iroquois Lesson - YouTube
Virginia Sixth Grade History SOLs; an introduction & brief overview of the Iroquois tribe; best used for in-class instruction.
We NOW HAVE TWO baby chicks! They are in a big box waiting for their other siblings to hatch!
Students enjoyed the playground at the beginning of class so we could focus the rest of our time on their research and writing.
We will begin our presentations to the class next week. Ten students are scheduled to present their Slide or Movie or Presentation Board next week. The other ten students will need to have their work completed for the next class time as we will not be able to work anymore while in class. ONLY two more class periods in TAG. I will miss them dearly as I know some of the students will not be returning next year.
ON that note of next year. It looks like there will be two class periods allotted to TAG during 4th and 5th hour. There will not be a conflict with band during this time period.
I have asked the students of who will be returning next year. I believe I have around half the class returning. If you have not done the survey, please fill it out as I ask this question on the survey.
Students are either finishing up their Geometrocity or writing their essay. All students that are finished have started designing a 3D object on Tinkercad. Once students are finished with their project they will give a short presentation next week or the following week about their project.
We are finishing up our research on the Longhouses that were used with the Iroquois Indians. Students researched online and filled out the STEM form along with viewing the videos above. We will finish up the Native American Engineering dwellings in the last two weeks of class.
As students change every year with their overall growth, please take into consideration that each child is different and that I am discovering each child's' unique ways. The TAG program is to help challenge students, yet at the same time I try not to over stimulate. Many students become over whelmed with challenges that they have not be subjected to on a daily basis. It is a challenge for me to push students to learn new things without pushy them too far. As their parent, you know what is their "favorite" or "specialty" area that you may possibly have access to outside of school. The article below will help you help your Gifted student.
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Parenting Strategies to Motivate Underachieving Gifted Students
The underachievement of capable children is an area of concern for many parents and educators. Although the study of student underachievement has a long educational history, it is more productive to consider what motivates students to do well. Students tend to be motivated when they find a task meaningful, believe that they have the skills to do it, and find their efforts supported by those around them.
Unfortunately, many gifted students do not view their school experience as meaningful. For instance, they may not find school intellectually stimulating, because they have already mastered the content or can master it quickly. Repetition bores many of these students, and once they have learned to expect boredom in class, they will fail to embrace new learning experiences when they arise. Other gifted students find school topics uninteresting regardless of the level of challenge, because they have developed a well-defined area of interest that is not matched by what happens in school. This leaves them “turned off” to what is taught. Still others do not appear to be interested in anything, either because their early school experiences failed to nourish their natural curiosity or because they doubt their ability to do well. Generally, a student views tasks as meaningful if they gratify a personal interest, are tied to the child’s identity, have an immediate use, or will clearly be useful in the future. Parents can help their children find school meaningful in the following ways:
By modeling their own curiosity about the world around them. However, parents must demonstrate how curiosity is transformed into action. For example, a question about the number of moons orbiting Saturn might lead to looking up the answer on the Internet or in an encyclopedia.
By nurturing their children’s curiosity and love of learning through opportunities outside school that help them explore their interests.
By letting their children know that they value school and showing them how their school experiences are important now and will prove useful in the future.
By monitoring their children’s homework, which again sends the message that parents value what their children do in school.
By sharing their children’s interests with the school and working with the school and their children to tie these interests to school projects.
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Talented & Gifted Educator
Boonville School District