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BFSMS Gifted and Talented Program

BFSMS Gifted & Talented Program

STRETCHES the BRAIN and encourages THINKING!



Basic Description of Gifted and Talented Instruction

  • Thinking Classroom
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative
  • Visual and Spatial/ Patterns
  • Critical
  • Advanced by 2 to 3 grade levels
  • Differentiated from the regular classroom
  • Teacher is a Facilitator/Enhancer of Knowledge


Identification/Characteristics of Gifted Students

  • Score in the 95% on aptitude tests (OLSAT)

*There can be other performance/Achievement indicators

  • Learn rapidly with less repetition (2 to 3vs. 20)
  • Read early and at an advanced level
  • Have diverse, spontaneous, and self-directed interests
  • Communication skills/ability to express self
  • Set long and short range goals
  • Appreciate learning
  • Support generalizations with facts


Guiding Principle for Teaching Gifted Students

For effective learning to take place, the brain needs:

Challenge – Stretches the brain into deeper thinking

Novelty – Intrigues the brain to engage in learning

Feedback – Provides brain with benchmark for progress


Signs of Intelligent Behavior  (Art Costa)

  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Flexibility in Thinking
  • Thinking about your thinking (Metacognition)


What We are Currently Doing in GT Class

  • Problem Solving (Solve for X and Perplexors)
  • Williams Taxonomy for Creativity

                          -Fluency, Flexibility, Originality/Elaboration

  • Novel (Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane)
  • Logic Problems
  • Problem Solving (Contrasting Facts and Perplexors)
  • Davincian Principles

                          -Curiosita, Corporalita, Sensazione

  • The Brain / Growth Mindset
  • Curiosity Folders
  • Problem Solving (Contrasting Facts and Perplexors)
  • Beginning Latin
  • The Brain / Growth Mindset

 What Is Ahead (?)

  • Mini Research Activities (Glyphs)
  • More Problem Solving and Pre-Algebra Thinking
  • Structures with a focus on Bridges
  • Fibonacci Math
  • Algebraic Thinking/Math
  • Curiosity Folders – Leading to Independent Research
  • Independent Research Project
  • Brain Challenges
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Stock Market (Spreadsheet)
  • Algebraic Thinking Activities