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!
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??