Famous Failures • Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. • Charles Darwin, "I was considered by my father as a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect." • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of good ideas. • Thomas Edison's • Einstein • Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school. • Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college. http://lucarinfo.com/inspire/dgifted.html Texas Performance Standards (TEA) Teaching Strategies Gifted Learners at R.H.I How is R.H.I Differentiating? Tips for Parents http://www.texaspsp.org/ The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented (G/T) students (and can be used for providing enhanced academic opportunities for all students). Building relationships Constructing curriculum based on individual interest (Interest Based Learning) Differentiating Students receive instruction and guidance in study, research, and organizational skills; social and real world application of learning; critical and creative thinking skills; and goal setting. Students engage in critical thinking and reasoning abilities across the curriculum. We provide an environment that encourages and fosters inquiry and challenging attitudes toward learning. Teachers use students’ strengths and interests to determine in-depth explorations. Affective needs are addressed through individual goal setting with an emphasis on organization and study skills. Develop interpersonal skills of empathy and cooperation through group work and community service projects. Critical and creative thinking skills are developed in all academic areas. All grade levels participate in projectbased curriculum that allows for students to select research subjects according to interest and ability. Teachers serving GT students: 3rd grade level Mrs. Guzman and Ms. Garcia 4th grade level Mrs. Bahr, Mrs. Rodriguez, Ms. Caballero, Mrs. Lopez 5th grade level Mr. Nieto, Ms. Sandoval, Mr. Bahr, Mrs. Lopez Discover Your Child’s Interests Create multiple opportunities for your child to try a variety of activities Explore your community. Actively follow the local newspapers and kid’s directories for festivals, activities, and classes in the area Don’t be afraid to introduce your gifted child to a subject that you know little about Consider Yourself to be Your Child’s Primary Educator Take your children on “field trips” to places that will interest them or engage them higher-level thinking Enter your child in competitions and contests Participate in a book club with your child and engage him/her in discussions on character and plot.