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Old 07-16-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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Do not let my user name fool you - (giftedteacher)! I need help! I've had my gifted certification for nearly 20 years. I've been a classroom teacher with 5-6 gifted students for nearly 25 years. Last school year I left the classroom to become one of two gifted specialists at my school. The other teacher was very difficult to work with and our principal abused the gifted teachers by having us cover four classes a day for "enrichment" so the homeroom teacher could have her planning period.

Now we have a new principal, and my former difficult coworker has retired. Our new principal is amazing, my new coworker is darling. So why am I writing?

I need ideas. The other teacher and I will split the grades so we have approximately the same number of students. I'll have 1,2, and 4th grade pullout and she'll have 3 and 5th grade pullout.

Do any of you have wonderful thematic (or otherwise) websites, books, whatever that you would recommend for me? This will be my second year, but honestly I feel brand new.

I appreciate any and all feedback!

Debbie
Georgia


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Hi Debbie, Georgia,
I am surprised that your principal could do that last year. Our salaries are paid by the state, not our school district and we have strict state guidelines to follow for the gifted programs. Glad to hear things have changed and you are looking forward to a great year To get you started on materials try this website http://www.prufrock.com/. Mindwareonline.com has great mind benders and puzzles,science projects, etc. Here are some other websites. Best of luck! You will love this year
Becky

http://www.gifted.uconn.edu
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

http://www.gifteddevelopment.com
Gifted Development Center, Dr. Linda Silverman

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org
Information for parents, students, teachers, and administrators

http://www.nagc.org
National Association for Gifted Children

http://www.magc.org
http://www.ericec.org
CEC/ERIC Clearing House
Information for parents and teachers

http://www.prufrock.com
Books for teachers, parents, and students

http://www.hollingworth.org
Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children

http://www.freespirit.com
Free Spirit Publishing
Books for parents, students, and teachers

http://www.creativelearning.com
Books on creative problem solving

http://www.alpspublishing.com
Books for teachers, students, and parents

http://www.criticalthinking.com
Books for teachers and students

http://www.dandylionbooks.com
Books for teachers and students

http://www.giftedbooks.com
Books for parents, teachers, and students

http://www.gifted.org
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I forgot this: it is a website that has perplexers. Click on the middle of the puzzle to find the answer. I print them out for the students to guess first, or they would click on the answers without trying.

http://www.joe-ks.com/outside/Outsid...Box_Puzzle.htm


the other site was www.MindwareOnline.com
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I recently interviewed for a gifted position at a school I would love to teach at -and wish I would have posted and received suggestions prior
to my interview -
Two key questions coming from only self-contained classroom experience (even with a coteacher for one year)
What does your gifted classroom look like?
What type of classroom/behavior management would you put in
place?
Also along with what do you see as your weaknesses and strengths?

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Right now it is a mess! We had to move everything so they could wax. I am going to start working on it next week. I also have a degree in art and have taught it, so my room is very artsy because I love to do that sort of thing. Last year I had different zones. I had a Kids hard at work zone, where they built with k'nex, legos, etc and did projects on architecture and physics/engineering on a large rug. It had the yellow and black decor with hwork zone signs, etc.
I had a hollywood area with a director's chair, clapboard, megaphone, large movie reel and little oscar statues for reward time. I had another area that was a green, aqua and royal blue dots and stripes with huge polka dot flowers, rug, pillows, etc. for reading. I am going to use the same themes, just move and change them-add to them. I will take pictures and try to post when I have finished.
As far as classroom management, I like Kacie's oscar idea. I have never taught a regular class, so I probably haven't been as strict as I should have been. We do a lot of spontaneous and creative problem solving. I have a new collegue who is the best disciplinarian I have ever known. She is very calm, quiet and sweet and the kids love her. I am going to observe her before I start my classes this year hoping to get some pointers. Whenever you do some of the types of problem solving we do, they have to move around. My strength is my creativity. It helps them problem solve and think outside the box in the arts, music and visual art, drama, engineering and architecture, math, creative wtiting, power point presentations, etc. or at least I hope it does. I also see my caring that each child develops to their best of their gifts and abilities and challenges themselves and is successful in life, as a strength.
Not all of the teachers of gifted decorate their rooms as much as I do. One is more into reading, the other is secondary. Do you have your certification in gifted? There are certain things we have to teach in our scope and sequence., we do not have textbooks and have to plan everything ourselves. That is what I actually like best, I am always changing and growing and learning.
Hope I didn't drag on forever and was some help.
Believe and you will achieve-that is our motto. You must claim your dreams.
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Artbex, where do you teach??
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Artbex has given you some great websites. Most of those are ones I would have suggested. Another one I like to use is: http://brainbashers.com

Artbex, we're in the same state. You sound so much like me. I don't have a degree in Art, but I'm very into art. Last year I put up large posters of Van Gogh's "Starry Night", "Starry Night Over the Rhone", and the one of the cafe at night with stars. I hung gold stars from the ceiling and on the one large bulletin board I have, I put royal blue paper with gold stars and letters that simply said "Gifted Education", and I posted all the state's outcomes in yellow. I did an "Artist of the Month". I don't guess you happen to be a member of the "Pinebelt Gifted Teachers Association"? Are you going to MAGC at the Pearl River Resort this year? I plan to!
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Thank you Artbex and others!
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Many, many thanks! for your suggestions! I look forward to searching through these sites.

We also have very specific guidelines, but my former principal was a master at doing one thing on paper and having her staff do something quite the opposite. She's former military (no offense meant), but she certainly was intimidating. I am several years her senior, as was most of the staff, and she scared us silly.

So this year our new principal is wonderful. She's giving me card blanche and so away I go. Your helpful websites will help give me direction. I look forward to learning so much more from this board.

Debbie
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Wow, your Van Gogh idea sounds awesome. I never thought to display the outcomes that way-how creative! They will remember them much better that way too. Yes, we are planning on going to the MAGC at Pearl River Resort- sounds like fun How many gifted ed teachers in your school district? Becky
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