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The FISD Gifted and Talented Program offers special services to students who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.
state goal for services for gifted students
State Goal For Services For Gifted Students:
  • “Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.”
identification and placement
Identification and Placement
  • Fall screening- new students transferring to FISD
  • Spring screening- teacher / parent nomination
  • Data reviewed by committee
  • Students meeting criteria are selected for the program ( 2 Quantitative / 2 Qualitative )
  • Parent contacted
  • Participation is voluntary
gt services in fisd
GT Services in FISD
  • SEARCH (K-5th)
  • Grouped with other gifted students
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Pre-Advanced Placement classes- Jr. High
  • Advanced Placement classes - High School
  • Also…
    • Destination Imagination (2nd -5th grade)
    • Robotics (4th & 5th grade)
    • Mathletes (2nd & 3rd grade)
    • Young Inventor’s Showcase (4th grade GT)
    • Mars Rover (5th grade GT )
    • Spelling Bee (3rd -5th grade)
CharacteristicsCompared to other children your child’s age, your child may show many of these characteristics:
  • Reasons well
  • Learns rapidly
  • Has extensive vocabulary
  • Sensitive
  • Perfectionist
  • Intense
  • Has strong curiosity
  • Has a high degree of energy
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Has a wide range of interests
  • Has a great sense of humor
  • Concerned with justice, fairness
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination
  • Tends to question authority
kinds of gifted learners
Kinds of Gifted Learners:
  • Studious High Achievers
  • Social Leaders
  • Creative Intellectuals
  • Gifted Underachievers
joseph renzulli
*Joseph Renzulli

What Makes Giftedness?

8 gripes of gifted kids
8 Gripes of Gifted Kids:
  • No oneexplains what being gifted is all about.
  • School is too easy or boring.
  • Parents, teachers and friends expect us to be perfect all the time.
  • Friends who really understand us are few and far between.
  • Kids often tease us about being smart.
  • We feel overwhelmed by the number of things we can do in life.
  • We feel different and alienated.
  • We worry about world problems and feel helpless to do anything about them.

From When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Delisle

search seek experiment analyze research create hypothesize
  • Provides GT services in the four core areas and in areas such as productive thinking, problem solving, logic and leadership as identified by the state plan
  • Curriculum of greater depth &complexity
  • Challenges students in pull-out lessons with increased student responsibility
    • Develop problem solving and communication skills necessary for success in life
    • Become independent, life-long learners
    • Become producers and contributing members of society
    • Develop a healthy self-concept enabling teamwork and collaboration
Critical Thinking
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
search schedule




8:30-9:15 1st (Limmer)

9:45-11:45 3rd (Defibaugh)

12:30-2:30 2nd (German)


8:30-9:30 1st (Limmer)

11:50-12:20 3rd (Rogers)

12:20-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 3rd (Rogers)

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday

  • 8:30–9:15 4th (Galli)
  • 10:00-10:45 4th (Hoskins)
  • 11:50–12:05 5th (Corley)
  • 12:05-12:40 Lunch
  • 12:40–1:10 5th (Corley)
  • 2:15–3:00 5th (Lusk)
units of study

Units of Study:

1st Grade:

Productive Thinking

Scientific MethodColor Wheel & Symmetry


2nd Grade:




Codes & Ciphers

3rd Grade:

Personal ArtifactsArchaeologyMysteriesGreat American Campout


Units of Study4th Grade:Perspective This I Believe Galimoto InnovationArtists5th Grade:Leadership The BrainMars RoverMiddle Ages


Progress Reports

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Behavior
destination imagination
Destination Imagination
  • Creative Problem Solving Competition
  • Builds creativity, problem solving, team work
  • 5-7 students on a team
  • Challenges / Rising Stars
  • www.idodi.org
  • www.texasdi.org
      • Information Meeting September 19th

in Bales Library 5:30.



We participate in the

TCEA LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Challenge.

This year’s challenge is

Rubble Trouble!

For more information on the challenge,

visit www.tcea.org/robotics

Robotics team members should have the following qualities:

Team player

Interest in engineering, programming , math

Highly self-motivated

Willing to learn

Able to handle constructive criticism

Willing to commit an extensive amount of time

Applications due to Mrs. Mueller

September 13th!

helpful websites books
Helpful Websites / Books:
  • www.txgifted.org
  • www.hoagiesgifted.org
  • www.sengifted.org
  • www.nagc.org
  • www.davidsongifted.org
  • www.tip.duke.org

Growing Up Gifted by: Barbara Clark

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers by: Judith Galbraith

You Know Your Child is Gifted… by: Judith Galbraith

Guiding the Gifted Child by: James Webb

thank you for coming tonight
Thank you for coming tonight!
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Stacy Mueller