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 September 4th - Third, fourth and fifth grade SE groups all met this week. Each group chose a group name (we needed to liven them up!) and we talked about the purpose and structure of the group. Third grade read a list and description of possible topic ideas and marked which ones they were curious in learning more about throughout the course of the school year. Fourth grade agreed on a passion/curiosity project and started with idea generation and format preferences. Fifth grade will be researching a middle school of their choice to learn more about what's to come with the ultimate goal of sharing these projects with each other as well as parents.
Week of September 10th - Third and fourth graders are starting out with some background building and discussion around giftedness. What does this mean and how are different people gifted? We watched a video with a little boy (about 3 or 4) talking about his giftedness from his perspective. This generated a great discussion in both grade levels involving connections to themselves and each other and how giftedness can present itself in different ways. The link to the video is below -
Fifth grade decided to collaborate on a school newspaper! More information to come!
Week of September 17th - Third and fourth graders continued the "what is giftedness?" discussion with another video...this time, on musical prodigies. The kiddos were able to see and hear kids their own ages playing a variety of instruments and then our discussions revolved around the "what else"...what do these kiddos need besides natural talent and ability? What behaviors and personality traits would these kiddos need in order to be as amazing and successful as they are at such young ages? Some of their ideas include tenacity, attention to detail, willingness to practice etc. Fantastic!
Fifth grade continued their newspaper work...so much fun! Some of their thinking today included an email to Mr. Atonna, newspaper layout, a comic strip with dumplings...what more could you ask for?