WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF GIFTED and TALENTED!!!! As the TAG Teacher for the 2020-21 school year, I am looking forward to working with you and your child. It is my hope that my level of excitement and positive energy will be seen daily when interacting with the students, parents, and my colleagues. If at any time, you have a concern, comment, or question, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-288-2036.What is TAG?Luella 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.
Enrichment: In social studies and science, TAG students will receive enrichment opportunities which will extend their learning. 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 gifted 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).
National Association for Gifted Children (2008). Issues in Gifted and Talented Education.
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