Content Replacement/Enrichment with Gifted Specialists Grades 4-6

  • Quote from Pinnacle Peak Elementary School Gifted Specialist, Nancy Stanton,  Recently in “ CLASS NOTES”   From the AZ K12 Center,… May 2015 

    “Professional learning at my site, in a perfect world, would look like the model that is used in (our) gifted meetings. Each session, there are typically about five of us that do table talks to teach and inform our colleagues on what we are doing in the classroom. We provide handouts and resources so the ideas can be taken right into the classroom, Arizona K-12 center 

    The Content Replacement Program

    Gifted Education Specialists provide content replacement and content enrichment to gifted students in each elementary school for grades 4-6. Students receive accelerated and enriched instruction in mathematics and/or language arts, depending upon their area(s) of identification and needs. Students receive content replacement in lieu of the regular grade level curriculum provided in their homeroom classes, and content enrichment in addition to instruction provided in the homeroom or gifted cluster class. Curriculum in these content areas is accelerated to an appropriately challenging level. In language arts, students receive instruction through grammar and literature. Students move beyond the regular language arts curriculum using advanced levels of analysis and critical thinking. In math, students pursue topics such as probability, logic, statistics, algebra, and geometry at advanced levels.

    PV Schools gifted specialists all are state certified, Highly Qualified, and have specific certification and training to work with gifted students.  Gifted Program Mentor, Karen Brown, provides support and training for the elementary schools' Gifted Specialists.  Enrichment during Honors classes may include:

    • Accelerated Mathematics
    • Latin stems studies as a foundation for interpreting the living languages
    • Socratic Seminars
    • Junior Great Books
    • Classic and Contemporary literature
    • Project Based Learning
    • Core Knowledge integrated curriculum
    • Advanced problem-solving instruction
    • Classic literature
    • 4 level grammar
    • Math Olympiad & Continental Math competitions
    • Grammar and vocabulary instruction using the work of Michael Clay Thompson

     

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