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The gifted and talented curriculum and the grade level curriculum align, reflecting our commitment to the differentiation of instruction. Teachers adapt the curriculum and instruction to address the needs of all learners. By using pre assessments, the classroom teachers identify their students’ ability and readiness levels.
Modifications consist of adjusting the pace of instruction and adding rigor and choice. Rigor is added to curriculum by increasing breadth (looking at the discipline from a broader viewpoint), depth (allowing students to dig deeper into a current area of study), and complexity (broadening students understanding of an area of study by making relationships and associations between and across disciplines).
Academic rigor engages students in multiple, complex, thought provoking tests that challenge their thinking and feelings.
Gifted and Talented services are another transitional change. Students are no longer pulled from the classroom for specialized instruction; instead, instruction takes place within the classroom. The Gifted and Talented Facilitator has a key role in supporting the classroom teacher to differentiate instruction to meet the unique needs of the high ability learner.
Middle Level Events
Sponsored by the Office of Gifted and Talented
Calling all readers!! Students prepare for this competition by reading as many books as they can from a list of 17-20 young adult titles. Teams then test their knowledge of the books with questions phrased so that the title of the book is the answer. Extra points are given for knowledge of the authors. Each middle school may send two four-person teams to the Book Blaster competition. The tournament is a double-elimination format. Click here for the current book list.
The purpose of the Middle School Leadership Team is to provide opportunities for a select group of students in grades 7th and 8th to experience and develop leadership, teamwork, and service through activities conducted at the district and campus levels over a two-year period. Although selection criteria varies by school, qualities such as the following are used to select the team:
•above average grades
•strong work ethic
Activities are designed to build upon existing leadership skills and increase awareness of community leadership opportunities. Events sponsored by the Office of Gifted and Talented include:
A Problem-Solving CompetitionToday’s students are tomorrow’s problem-solvers! In this problem-solving competition, middle school students are given the opportunity to simulate a real-life think tank, where the world’s problems are solved. Each year an issue is selected and students delve into all sides of the topic through in-depth research.
TIP (Talent Identification Program) Test Prep
The Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation, representing participation from 6,061 junior high and middle schools in the Duke TIP 16-state region. Over 1.5 million students have completed the Talent Search since its inception in 1980. The Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are identified and invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. Duke TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. Our gifted and talented facilitators support this program and provide test prep session prior to testing dates.
Quiz Bowl Quads and Competition Finale
Academic competition where a 4 member team competes against the clock answering questions from various disciplines (math, language arts, language, science and the arts). Skills such as team work, cooperative group discussion, problem solving and quickness are enhanced through practices and competition. QUADS allow each middle school 3-4 opportunities to practice before the compeition finale in May. This competition serves as a springboard to high school Academic Decathlon.
Pentathlon is an Academic Decathlon competition at the middle level. Students study the same theme and compete in a district and national competition via online.
Twice each year, spring and fall, poetry comes alive as students perform original writings in a forum of collaboration and celebration. Students gather at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson on stage to share their creations. Seasoned metro area poets join and model slam protocol.
Each middle school varies in the services that are provided for their gifted and talented students Downloadable PDF brochures are available to communicate detailed information about the offerings and specialized curriculum at each school.
Click on a school to download information regarding specific offerings and specialized programs.
Beveridge Magnet School
Bryan Middle School
Buffet Magnet School
Nathan Hale Middle School
King Science Magnet Middle School
Lewis & Clark Middle School
Marrs Magnet Middle School
McMillan Magnet Middle School
Monroe Middle School
Morton Middle School
Norris Middle School
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Gifted and Talented programs are differentiated according to the unique goals and opportunities at each middle school location.