I am Melissa Johnson, the G/T specialist for Bluebonnet and Liberty Elementary. I am married and have a 29 yr. old son, Joe. I also have a step son and daughter who have blessed us with 4 precious grandchildren. I can’t forget to mention our gifted cat, Porcha. I was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Texas to attend TCU!! I graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s Degree in Education and a minor in speech communications. Since graduation, I have received my certification in Gifted and Talented. This is my 6th year to teach GT, my 11th year teaching in Keller, and my 21st year of teaching. I have taught third, fourth and sixth grade. Placement in the G/T program is a three step process --nomination --screening (which includes achievement and ability testing) --committee meeting GT,our gifted and talented program, was designed to meet the needs of students who have been identified academically gifted. In GT, we add more depth and complexity to what is being taught in the regular classroom. Think of it as “taking it a step further” and adding the 5 W’s, along with “what if?”. All of this is done while implementing various “thinking strategies” and Texas performance standards. Six Thinking Hats SCAMPER Creative Problem Solving Multiple Intelligences Bloom’s and William’s Taxonomy Depth and Complexity Questioning / Research Skills Critical Thinking Skills Autonomous Learner Model TPSP consists of research-based standards and an accompanying assessment system that captures the high levels of achievement that gifted and talented students are able to exhibit. Schools and districts can use the results of this assessment to improve their services for gifted and talented students. TPSP can also provide summative and formative information on an individual student's learning. Texas Performance Standards Project The purpose of implementing performance standards with our gifted students is to ensure that students will have the tools they need to reflect professional-level processes and performances when they graduate high school. At the elementary level, this means providing the knowledge, skills, and processes that will lead to the development of more complex and sophisticated student products in the upper grades. The early formative experiences we provide will allow students to be developers of creative, unique, and advanced products. There will be an emphasis on research skills, developing products, and preparing and making oral presentations. Please visit http://www.texaspsp.org/ for more information on Texas Performance Standards My job is to identify and serve students in grades K-4 All Kinder and First Grade Students are screened using the Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI). The students complete different activities in their classroom, as a part of their day to day curriculum. These activities serve to help us identify possible GT students for further testing. Students can be nominated for testing the first two weeks of school, and the first two weeks of January. GT Specialist/Pull Out services 2 hours a week for Kinder, starting in January 2 hrs. a week for grade 1 3 hrs week for 2nd – 4th Students do not have to make up work they have missed in their classroom, when they are in GT. They are responsible for the content. Student teacher ratio has changed for the 2010 -2011 school year. The GT classroom now has a 22:1 student to teacher ratio. KOI Screening › Kinder and First Grade Screening window: September 3rd – October 29th GT Program Testing Windows › August 23-Sept 3, 2010 Out of district transfers Grades 1-12 –open nomination › November 1-12, 2010 Kindergarten Students › January 3-14, 2011 Grades 1-12 – open nomination GT CLASSES WILL BE CANCELLED DURING TESTING WINDOWS PER ADMINISTRATION › 8:00 – 9:00 Second Grade (Aho, Dickeson) › 9:40 – 10:00 First Grade › 10:00 – 10:45 Conference › 11:00-12:00 Fourth Grade › 12:00-12:30 Lunch › 1:00 – 2:00 Third Grade › 2:00-3:00 Second Grade (Wilhelm) To provide enrichment Integrate GT with regular classroom Develop partnership between GT specialist and classroom teacher Expand curriculum for gifted students by adding depth & complexity Develop critical and creative thinking Provide differentiated instruction for gifted students Offer opportunities for gifted student to explore topics of interest Work with the GT specialist to ensure the success of GT students Kinder – PETS, Six Thinking Hats 1st Grade- Six Thinking Hats, Animal Nation, Who Moved My Cheese, Independent Research 2nd Grade- Dr. Seuss, Bloom’s / William’s Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligences, Who Moved My Cheese, Who’s Who, Independent Research 3rd Grade- Toys, Building a Business, Brain Project, Who Moved my Cheese, Independent Research, 4th Grade- Build It, EQ+IQ= success, Multiple Intelligences, Independent Research, Who Moved My Cheese . I will not be assigning homework on a regular basis, but occasionally, throughout the year, your student may bring home unfinished parts of a project that need to be completed at home. If your child is absent, I will do my best to catch them up in class. However, since I have limited time with each group, there may be times when absent work will need to be completed at home, so they do not fall too far behind. Cluster groups of no less than 5 identified GT students, and no more than half of the GT students, whenever possible, in a general education classroom. The cluster group has time to work together on appropriate tasks. Students within the cluster have opportunities to explore topics of interest independently. Students are given a variety of appropriate acceleration-based opportunities, as well as, experiences that enrich and extend the regular school curriculum. Students will receive progress reports at the end of every six weeks in their report card folder. Students are evaluated on the following skills: academic and creative self directed learning self- understanding and interpersonal relations The will be rated on a scale from a 1 (needs improvement) to a 5 (exceeds expectations) My GT Newsletter will be emailed on, or around, the 15th of each month. If you would like a paper copy, please contact me and let me know. (Tonight will serve as Sept. Newsletter) I have already started sending group emails to GT parents. If you have not received one, please let me know so that I can update your email address. PAGE – Parents Advocating for Gifted Education - http://www.kisdpage.com/ SENG – Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students PTA Destination Imagination UIL – information will be coming home soon (grades 2-4 only) You may not create a problem for yourself or for anyone else. If you create a problem, I will ask you to fix the problem. If you cannot, or choose not to fix the problem, there will be a consequence. The consequence will depend on the individual person and situation involved. I will communicate directly with you if I am having consistent trouble with your child. The GT room is in need of craft supplies. Kleenex, glue sticks, glitter glue, tissue paper, googley eyes, pipe cleaners, felt, glitter, popsicle sticks, paper lunch bags, (white and brown) yarn, ribbon, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, etc…. IMMEDIATE NEED: Germ X, Clorox Wipes Registration taking place now. Conference in Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 10-12, 2010 Fort Worth Convention Center › Whatever your role, wherever your location, the TAGT Annual Professional Development Conference is your premier opportunity to learn how to meet the unique needs of the gifted and talented children in your life, and to connect with thousands of your peers. http://www.txgifted.org/ http://campus.kellerisd.net/Teachers/10 769/default.aspx You will find many important things there including: upcoming events and links to websites that will be of interest to GT parents and students I will be happy to answer questions about the GT program now. If you have a specific question about your child, please contact me so that a conference can be set up. Conferences by appointment only. Please call or email to set up a conference. BES conference time 2:15 – 3:00 (Tues./Thurs.) LES conference time – 10:00 – 10:45 (Mon./Wed./Fri.) Melissa Johnson Melissa.Johnson@kellerisd.net BES 817-744-4500 or ext 4570 Tues./Thurs. LES 817-744-6000 or ext. 6055 Mon/Wed./Fri. Conference by appointment only.