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Welcome to TARGET Is interested Has good ideas Learns with ease 6-8 repetitions for mastery Good memorizer Answers the questions asked by teacher Enjoys straightforward presentation Is pleased with his/her learning THE BRIGHT CHILD Is highly curious
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Is interested Has good ideas Learns with ease 6-8 repetitions for mastery Good memorizer Answers the questions asked by teacher Enjoys straightforward presentation Is pleased with his/her learning THE BRIGHT CHILD Is highly curious Has wild, silly ideas Already knows 1-2 repetitions for mastery Good guesser Discusses in detail, elaborates Thrives on complexity of issues Is highly self-critical THE GIFTED CHILD Learning Characteristics of Children
Bloom’s Taxonomy EVALUATION _____________ SYNTHESIS _________________ ANALYSIS ______________________ APPLICATION __________________________ COMPREHENSION ______________________________ KNOWLEDGE
Gifted Triangle EVALUATION SYNTHESIS ANALYSIS APPLICATION COMPREHENSION KNOWLEDGE
Goldilock’s Bloom: Level 1 • Knowledge:How many bears lived in the house visited by Goldilocks? • Comprehension:How did the bears feel when they discovered Goldilocks in the bed? • Application:If Goldilocks had examined books belonging to each bear, which would she have preferred?
Goldilock’s Bloom: Level 2 • Analysis:Why did Goldilocks always prefer the item which belonged to Baby Bear? • Synthesis:Suppose the bears had not returned at that time. How might the story have ended differently? • Evaluation:Should Goldilocks have entered the bears’ house?
“Where We Go” in Target Concrete to abstract Simple to complex Basic to transformational Fewer facets to multi-facets Smaller leaps to greater leaps More structured to more open Less independence to greater independence Tomlinson (1995)
Typical Target Day • Critical Thinking • Brainteasers • Problem Solving • Hands On Equations • Creative Thinking • Brainstorming • Unit Activities • Research • Connections • Debate • Discussions • Products • Evaluation/Target Tally
Hands-On Equations • Visual and kinesthetic teaching system for introducing algebraic concepts as early as third grade • Uses game pieces consisting of pawns and numbered cubes • Prepares students for understanding Algebraic problems
3 Hands-On Equations How would you express 2(x + 3) = 9 + x using “Hands on Equations”? 3 9 2x + 6 = 9 + x
3 3 3 3 9 3 3 Hands-On Equations Manipulating the pieces to solve the equation 3 3 3 3 3 2x + 6 = 9 + x
3 3 3 3 9 3 3 Hands-On Equations Manipulating the pieces to solve the equation 3 x = 3
Creativity Measurement • Fluency • Flexibility • Originality • Elaboration
Criteria for remaining in the Target program To be signed at the beginning of the year by parents Continuation Criteria
Continuation Criteria Recap • Acceptable progress defined as E and/or G in grade K-3 in the core subjects of reading, English, mathematics, O and/or S in science and social studies • Acceptable progress defined as a minimum average of 80 in grades 4-5 in the core subjects of reading, English, mathematics, science and social studies • Student not maintaining satisfactory performance during grading period will be placed on probation for remaining school year • Student removed from program at end of probation period if criteria not met during that marking period
Expectations • Projects • Homework • Task Commitment • Accountability
Changes – A Class in Flux • New students • New classes • Change of teachers • Change of day
Parent Communication • Target Tallies • E-mail • Phone Calls • Conferences
Prevailing Practices • Gifted students should not be expected to make up missed regular classroom work or homework on scheduled Target day • Target homework permitted on Target day
Cobb Chapter: Georgia Assoc. for Gifted Children Because we recognize that parent support is critical to educational improvement, our purpose is to: • Provide parent education and resources • Support the needs of gifted students at the state level • Be a resource for the Advanced Program Coordinators at the city and county level
Cobb Chapter: Georgia Assoc. for Gifted Children We encourage you to join!