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!
Week of 9/25
5th grade did not meet this week due to a fire drill.
4th grade applied what they learned about their strength areas into the early stages of a career exploration activity!
3rd grade did not meet due to a field trip.
Week of 10/2
5th grade began work in their career exploration through identifying industries and careers that use their strengths and passions.
4th grade read more about their strength-based industries and careers and narrowed down their exploration to one career.
3rd grade reviewed their self-identified strengths and applied them in real life scenarios with each other....for example, students identified who they would choose to be lost with and verbalized the why's (would comfort if scared, visual memory, etc). It was an AMAZING activity - so much fun and celebrated the strengths of ALL of the kiddos.
Week of 10/9
5th grade continued their exploration through reading through their career descriptions and choosing one career they'd like to learn more about over the next few weeks.
4th grade collected more information about their chosen career - industry type, skills needed and how their strength areas ALIGN with the skills/knowledge.
3rd grade explored learning styles this week....what are the various learning styles (reading, writing, listening, speaking, visualizing, manipulating) and which styles do they feel like they learn from the best? Their goal for the week is to experiment with advocating for a learning style with their classroom teachers!
Week of 10/16
5th grade collected more information about their chosen career - industry type, skills needed and how their strength areas ALIGN with the skills/knowledge.
4th grade continued to collect information on their chosen career as well as watched video examples of people in their chosen careers...pilots, statisticians, video game designers and more!
3rd grade had a discussion about school - how they thought it was going, the highlights and then problem solved/connected with different scenarios students have gone through so far this year....a great way to practice listening to each other, reflect on our own experiences and provide feedback/advice on situations. A wonderful morning!
Week of 10/23
5th grade continued their career exploration with research into colleges - which colleges specialize in their chosen career/field?
4th grade also dabbled in college research - so much fun!
3rd grade did not meet due to no school on Friday
Week of 10/30
Students did not meet this week due to Halloween festivities and no school on Friday.
Week of 11/6
5th grade is wrapping up their career study this week.
4th grade is extending their study into a presentation, including additional detail and information on their chosen career
3rd grade changed to a new topic - Moodiness...we brainstormed what it means to them to "be moody" (they came up with...frustrated, lots of emotion at once, angry, inability to control emotion...). Then, I read a book called "What are you so Grumpy About?" and we talked through how this author chose humor as a way to present these feelings and why this presentation style would be used for a children's picture book. Then, we create a poster to share and capture the following - "When I feel MOODY, I..." - and they came up with all sorts of amazing tools, tips and strategies...
*Read a book
*Watch the birds out the window
*Sit alone and relax
We will be using this collection of strategies in various activities over the next two weeks. It was a GREAT morning!
Week of 11/13
5th grade had a low key choice game time this week, talking and having fun with each other in a relaxed setting.
4th grade continued their career presentation work this week.