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  1. Welcome ! Gifted Open House It is not who is gifted, but what gift will we develop and how will we develop it? Please sign in!

  2. Welcome! Mrs. Fordham • B.S. Elem. Education • ESOL Certified • Working on Gifted Endorsement • Working on Masters of Education Degree • fordhamr.educatorpages.com email – fordhamr@pcsb.org

  3. 2011-2012 Oceanography Curriculum Reading/Language Arts Writing – focus on fourth and fifth grades Math – Problem Solving Logic/Critical and Creative Thinking Science Social Studies/Geography

  4. Goals for Gifted Learners • Information Managers • Effective Oral Communicators • Effective Written Communicators • Information System Organizers • Numeric Problem Solvers • Cooperative Learners • Creative and Complex Thinkers • Effective Leaders • Self-Directed Learners

  5. What’s New? • New classroom location – near front office • Gifted will be occurring at the high school level beginning next year. More information to follow; St. Petersburg Collegiate High School in conjunction with St. Pete College;

  6. Projects & Homework • Two projects yearly Make the World a Better Place – December Oceanography Project – May Homework Weekly except for the month before projects are due (November & April)

  7. Guest Speakers • Sept. 22nd – Ms. Judy Galbraith – by reservation only • Feb. 13th – Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, Professor Emeritus, College of William & Mary • Feb. 24th Rachel McAnallen, Ed. (Ph.D)

  8. See you kids!!!

  9. Field Trips • Sea World!!!! • Marine Quest • Clearwater Aquarium

  10. Math Competitions • Mighty Mu – Jan/Feb. • Gifted Math Meet – March 22nd

  11. Important Things to Consider • Don’t confuse academic challenge with intellectual stimulus. We all crave intellectual stimulation. • Your child is not in our class because they are required to be there; this makes it important for us to provide a stimulating learning environment. • It takes longer to include creativity, but it’s worth the time. • “If it is not expressed in figures, it is not science, it is opinion.”

  12. Gifted Students – Some Thoughts • We honor the gift in EVERY child! • It is not who is gifted, but what gift we will develop? How we will develop it? • "One can never consent to creep when one feels the compulsion to soar." ~Helen Keller • ''Doing your own thing'' is a generous act. Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You too are a natural resource.”

  13. Gifted or Bright?

  14. Adopt-A-Class • Items to donate can be found on the door • You! 