Announcing: GATE Parent Meeting


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in GATE, parents, Uncategorized | Posted on February 23, 2011

MH900056645McMillin will be hosting a guest speaker, Dr. Morgan Appel from UCSD. He will be discussing the socio-emotional characteristics of the gifted child. Please join us on March 15 at 9-10am or 5-6pm in the auditorium. Hope to see you there!

Our GATE “program”


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in depth and complexity, GATE, teachers, Thinking Maps | Posted on January 21, 2011

I have been “meeting” a lot of people (parents, teachers, and administrators) in the Gifted and Talented community on Twitter  and thought I’d share how my school’s GATE program works.  Hope to hear an overview of some of your programs as well!IMG_0466

First of all, all the schools in my district support GATE students, but in different ways.  The classrooms at my school are of mixed ability.  My school chose to spend the money to hire a GATE teacher to support the approximately 100 students in 4th-6th grades.    The teachers have had trainings in differentiation and have a Universal Access or Workshop time where they work in small groups.  They differentiate the California standards for the gifted students to challenge them.

Here’s where I come in… I pull the gifted students into the library/media center for 1 hour a week to provide even more depth, complexity and enrichment.  One hour a week doesn’t sound like a lot, but it gives me a chance to teach them tools like Thinking Maps (adding a Frame of Reference for metacognition) and Depth and Complexity icons in a homogenous group.  Then, I will be showing these tools to the teachers so they will be able to embed them into the rest of the curriculum.

Another bonus to me pulling them out of their general education classroom is it gives the teachers an hour a week to reteach and review with a smaller number of students.  If a gifted student happens to need to be retaught a concept, the teacher can keep them instead of sending them to GATE with me.

How does your school meet the needs of these students??

Back to School!


Posted by jenniferma6 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 12, 2011

by Jennifer, 6th GATEr

We’re finally back to school! How was everyones break? My break was fine. I went on a family trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and my friend from Korea came.

When we got back to school, we found a gate around our school! Although it is for our safety, I dislike it very much. It’s kind of like jail because in front of our classrooms, there are gates! What do you think about our new gates?

Consider The Following


Posted by kaela6 | Posted in Blogging Challenge | Posted on September 24, 2010

by Kaela, 6th grade

Please consider the following because it means a lot. As you can tell by the title this is a GATE blog, this blog is made to allow others understand what u do in GATE and what it is. If you do not know what GATE means it means Gifted and Talented Education. With our wonderful teacher, Mrs. Ibrahim, we are learning about how to organize our thoughts with thinking maps. Thank you for considering the above.

We are participating in the Student Blogging Challenge 2010 and this post is part of Challenge #1

What Defines Us?


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Technology, Thinking Maps | Posted on September 24, 2010

On our first week of GATE class, we created circle maps to define ourselves in context.  I typed up all of our definitions and created the Wordle below.  A Wordle is a “word cloud” that gives more prominence to words that appear more frequently.  What trends do you notice??

Wordle: GATE

READ IT!!!!!!


Posted by jenniferma6 | Posted in Blogging Challenge | Posted on September 21, 2010

By Jennifer, 6th grade
Hello! We are GATE students and our goal is to get as many people as we can and let our readers comment about our blogs. We encourage you to read our blog because you can learn more about interesting topics, such as water and natural disasters. So, please read us and leave a comment. PLEASE!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Hello World!


Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 26, 2010

IMG_0979I am a teacher and learner at heart.  I have a total of ten years experience as a teacher, coach, trainer, and educational consultant in Southern California. I have had the pleasure of teaching Early Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and coaching teachers in 2nd- 5th grades. This school year (2010-2011) I will be teaching Technology in the mornings (K-6) and GATE pull-out (4-6).   I have a unique experience working with a variety of districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students!!

With each group of scholars that I teach, I find something to learn. Thank  you for taking the time to read our blog! Email me! [email protected]