Social emotional discussion groups are weekly pull out groups with a focus on social and emotional topics through the lens of GT. Students will be given a list of possible topics and grade levels will be choosing topics based on interest and need - this ensures that each discussion group is tailored to each group's individual interests and needs. Topics may include the following: multiple intelligences; stress management; friendships; resiliency, and more!
Week of 8/28
4th and 5th grade groups launched this week. We talked about what the groups are (a chance to connect with one another, fun activities, talking about topics that affect GT students, etc) and what they groups are NOT (a counseling session, graded with homework, geared to change students). We talked about topic choices and students voted based on interest and curiosity. Trending topics will be our focus throughout the year!
Week of 9/5
3rd grade launched today and we had a great discussion around the purpose and ideas around this group. They renamed our group the "3rd Grade Owls" so this is how I will refer to them from now on. They completed their topics sheets so we will be looking for trends and launching our first topic next Friday!
4th and 5th grade groups focused on what giftedness MEANS by reading the DPS definition of giftedness. We discussed connections and wonderings.
Week of 9/11
4th and 5th grade groups focused on multiple intelligences this week. Each group completed a survey reflecting on themselves...some of the statements include "I love projects that involve acting or moving", "I like to play games involving numbers and logical thinking" and "I like spending time by myself". Students were able to connect their own ideas of themselves with what strengths they may have and how those strengths play out over time. Next week, we will be continuing this conversation through a connection of multiple intelligences and career choices!
The 3rd grade Owls group talked about what giftedness means to them - their background, their connections, etc - and we talked about how giftedness is different in different people just like we are all different people. Also, giftedness can be academic (in one area or multiple), creative, involve leadership, the performing arts, sports and more.
Week of 9/18
4th and 5th grade groups used their new knowledge around multiple intelligences and their own strengths to explore careers choices with those same strengths. Students talked about strengths, ah-ha's around certain careers ("So, THAT's a computer programmer!") and enjoyed the time to connect.
3rd graders completed the same survey as the 4th and 5th graders and we had a great discussion around strengths...what are typical strengths gifted students have, why they have them and how each of us has different strengths. I used the car engine analogy - each car has a different engine based on its type, its purpose and its build. Fun!