How the TAG Program Works in Henry CountyThe Highly Gifted Student in a TAG Inclusive Classroom http://www.hollingworth.org/fullincl.htmlWhat is TAG?Fairview Elementary will meet the needs of students identified as gifted and talented (TAG) through a combination of acceleration, enrichment, and exploration/independent study opportunities. This mix provides the challenge, rigor, and interest-based opportunities that together create an environment in which gifted students thrive (Tomlinson, 1997).
Acceleration: TAG students will be grouped with other high achieving students in a classroom with a gifted certified teacher. They will receive at least 25% of the next grade level's content in both language arts and math each year. Following this path, TAG students will be advanced at least an entire year when entering middle school.
Enrichment: In social studies and science, TAG students will receive enrichment opportunities which will extend their learning, but Fairview Elementary is highly focused on Science for the TAG classrooms. The textbooks will be supplemental. Class time will be spent primarily in hands-on, inquiry-based activities, involving experimentation, construction and problem-based learning.
Exploration/Independent Study: For one period each day, the TAG collaborative teacher, in conjunction with the classroom teacher, will facilitate opportunities for gifted students to pursue independent research projects or other interest-based activities which culminate in an authentic product. Relevant research and technology skills will be taught as needed to provide the scaffolding for successful product completion.
The combination of acceleration, enrichment and exploration for the gifted dovetails perfectly with the current STEM initiative. “In this competitive, technological world, we cannot afford to waste the talents of students with the greatest potential to lead us to creative and productive futures in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering” (NAGC, 2008).