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AIM – Gifted Services. Mrs. Janis Micali First, Second and Third Grade AIM Clark Creek STEM Academy CCSD [email protected] Welcome. Clarify the purpose of AIM and the CCSD Advanced Academic Program Gifted Curriculum Concerns and Issues

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aim gifted services

AIM – Gifted Services

Mrs. Janis Micali

First, Second and Third Grade AIM

Clark Creek STEM Academy


[email protected]

  • Clarify the purpose of AIM and the CCSD Advanced Academic Program
  • Gifted Curriculum
  • Concerns and Issues
  • Share with you what we have learned over the years
  • Answer Your Questions
an informal survey
An Informal Survey
  • Knows the answers
  • Is interested
  • Is attentive
  • Has good ideas, works hard
  • Answers the questions
  • Top group
  • Listens with interest
  • Learns with ease
  • 6-8 repetitions for mastery
  • Understands ideas
  • Enjoys peers
  • Grasps the meaning
  • Completes assignments
  • Is receptive
  • Copies accurately
  • Enjoys school
  • Absorbs information
  • Technician
  • Good memorizer
  • Is alert
  • Is pleased with own learning
  • Enjoys straightforward presentation
  • Asks the questions
  • Is highly curious
  • Is mentally and physically involved
  • Has wild, silly ideas
  • Plays around yet tests well
  • Beyond the group
  • Shows strong feelings and opinions
  • Already knows
  • 1-2 repetitions for mastery
  • Constructs abstractions
  • Prefers adults
  • Draws inferences
  • Initiates projects
  • Is intense
  • Creates a new design
  • Enjoys learning
  • Manipulates information
  • Inventor
  • Good guesses
  • Is keenly observant
  • Is highly self critical
  • Thrives on complexity
eligibility qualifications
Eligibility / Qualifications
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains.  Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”
  • Cherokee County Assessment
    • Mental Ability - CogAT
    • Achievement - ITBS
    • Motivation – Rating Scales, Interviews, Products
    • Creativity – Torrance, Rating Scales
gifted curriculum
Gifted Curriculum
  • Purpose according to GA SBOE Rule 160-4-2-.38:

To provide gifted students with differentiated instruction that is based on content and pacing that are clearly not appropriate for more typical students at that grade level. The content of all gifted education curricula should be advanced for that grade level.

  • Goals have been set by Cherokee County and are specified on the Advanced Academics Curriculum Maps for each grade. These include:
    • Goal 1: Advanced Communication Skills, Affective (Social and Emotional) Class Meeting, Psychology, Multiple Intelligences
    • Goal 2: Advanced Research Skills: Unit Study and Technology
    • Goal 3: Creative Thinking & Creative Problem Solving Skills: includes higher level Math, elaboration, fluency and more.
    • Goal 4: Higher Order Critical Thinking Skills: Junior Great Books
what we do in aim
What we do in AIM
  • Teach your child social and emotional skills of working with people (class meetings, small group work)
  • Teach your child to persevere when challenged (critical thinking skills, research).
  • Teach your child how to lead and how to respectfully follow someone else’s lead (Junior Great Books, research and presentation, brainstorming, project work).
  • Teach your child how to solve problems (higher level thinking skills, creative problem solving – logic, real world issues).
  • Create a place of acceptance of their gifted characteristics.
all grades
All Grades
  • Creative Problem Solving: Are They Thinking? – analytical, flexible, elaborative thinking, originality, problem solving
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills: Junior Great Books – classic stories with issues that allow us to have shared inquiry discussions.
  • Affective/Communication: Morning Meeting, presentation and leadership skills
first and second grade aim
First and Second Grade AIM
  • Research: Pet Care Research Unit – Responsibilities and care needed for a selection of pets the students want to know more about. Includes non-fiction reading, note-taking, poetry, novels, writing, projects, slideshows and displays.
third grade aim
Third Grade AIM
  • Research: Discoveries
    • Abel’s Island – self discovery and innovation
    • STEM Careers – identify skills needed and opportunities available – will research one career, take notes, summarize, create slideshow and display,
    • Design experience – experiments and creative building
concerns instructional coordination
Concerns: Instructional Coordination
  • Elementary students eligible for the Gifted Education Program are served through a combination of two instructional models:
    •  AIM Program (Resource Class—pull-out from the regular classroom)
    •  Grade Level Classroom (Cluster Grouping/Differentiation of Instruction)
  • Together, both elements of instruction constitute a complete program of study for the gifted student.
  • The single best strategy is to maintain continuing dialogue with the resource class teacher in your school as both teachers work to provide the best possible education for shared students.
  • All students, including AIM students are responsible for mastery of the Cherokee County Standards for Student Achievement.
  • Perfectionism: “… allow their strong desire for excellent achievement to develop into unhealthy perfectionism, which can be paralyzing and cause a child to become overwhelmed with concern about making a mistake, or not being the best.”
  • Underachievement: “…the unanticipated difference between accomplishment and aptitude.”
  • Organization Skills: Many factors may cause the disorganization that is contributing to your child’s achievement problems.
more concerns
More Concerns
  • Peer Relationships / Social Skills / Bullies “Gifted children will have moments when they are unavoidably “out of step” with age mates.
  • Twice-Exceptional (Gifted with Special Needs) “Gifted children, with their high potential and abilities, may also have learning problems that act as a roadblock for the development of their gifts.” How can a child have an amazing memory for airplane trivia but not be able to test well on basic multiplication facts?”
parental support
Parental Support
  • Be open, flexible and ready to advocate for your child.
  • Realize that the gifted classes require your child to work harder with amazing results for the future.
  • If you have questions about your gifted child or the AIM program PLEASE CONTACT US.
resources for parents
Resources for Parents
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • GAGC: The Georgia Association for Gifted Children
  • Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good? by Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D and Jan Goldberg
  • The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith, M.A.
  • Publishers of many gifted resources:

Prufrock Press

Free Spirit Press