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8 Strands of Gifted Education


Learning Targets

1: Critical Thinking

  1. Students will use creative thinking to inquire about a topic, problem or issue.
  2. Students will use appropriate critical thinking skills to analyze a topic, problem or issue.
  3. Students will use reflection as a critical thinking tool.
  4. Students will use critical thinking to problem solve a topic, problem or issue.

2: Problem Solving:

  1. Students will determine, collect, and organize the relevant data needed to solve real-world problems.
  2. Students will evaluate the reasonableness of solutions to real-world problems.
  3. Students will apply problem solving strategies to solve problems related to basic living skills.
  4. Students will draw logical conclusions and make generalizations using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  5. Students will determine the validity of an argument or a solution.

3: Communication:

  1. Students will demonstrate awareness and purpose in composing text.
  2. Students will exhibit effective speaking skills for both peers and elders.
  3. Students will utilize oral and written directions to lead a group to accomplish a common goal.
  4. Students will experiment with new media and technology as communications tools.
  5. Students will assimilate complex ideas or concepts and interpret that information for audiences of varied levels.

4: Research:

  1. Students will identify a topic, problem or issue and formulate questions for research.
  2. Students will select and apply a research methodology appropriate for the topic, problem or issue.
  3. Students will access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources through print, electronic and other media.
  4. Students will assess the validity reliability and relevance of information collected from different sources.
  5. Students will organize and analyze data.
  6. Students will synthesize and interpret data to develop conclusions and implications in the light of the problem(s) researched.
  7. Students will plan, pace, implement, and evaluate an independent project.
  8. Students will select an appropriate medium to communicate the results of research.
  9. Students will demonstrate effective allocation of time and resources.

5: Creativity:

  1. The student will be able to use fluency of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  2. The student will be able to use flexibility of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  3. The student will be able to use originality of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.
  4. The student will be able to use elaboration of thought to develop creative thinking behaviors.

6: Affective:

  1. Students will develop an understanding of self in relationship to their and others perceptions of giftedness.
  2. Students will identify with others situation, feelings or motives (empathy).
  3. Students will demonstrate task commitment to projects and activities (persistence).
  4. Students will become masters of their own learning (intrinsic motivation).
  5. Students will develop communication, self-control, and interpersonal skills to enhance relationships with their peers and adults (Social Competency)

7: Responsibility:

  1. Students will be accountable for their academic obligations.
  2. Students will be responsible for maintaining a conducive learning environment.
  3. Students will develop an attitude of self-confrontation when issues of ethics and character arise.

8: Technology:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use the Internet as a research tool.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a computer to publish their work.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a computer to create multi-media products.

Each day the students focus on the appropriate strands from which  projects and activities are planned. These learning targets give the students purpose and goals for their achievements. We study each learning target and convey them in our own words.