Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poverty Quiz

How much do you know about kids in poverty? Take this quiz foun at Brainbased Learning
http://www.jensenlearning.com/news/

Gifted And Talented or Twice Exceptional?

I tell the students in my class that we are all "Twice Exceptional"; gifted in some areas and limited knowledge in some areas. I teach all students in my room on both levels and in between the sprectum of "Twice Exceptional". When I  form groups according to readiness they are static and constantly changing to meet the demands of the content, curriculum, and readiness of each student. My students view the resource room as a place for additional help not a place where the "dumb kids" go.
Below are some resources and activites that I use in the classroom to differentiate for all the students in my classroom.
In science I use a collection of different activites to challenge the students and to introduce inquiry and critical thinking skills.
Mission Centers:
 
Ecosystems

Plants
Body by Golly
Earth & Space
Scientific Skills
Rocks and Soil
Our zoo has a wonderful tunk program
Rainforest Habitat Trunk
http://www.tulsazoo.org/tulsazoo/assets/File/rainforest%20loan%20trunk.pdf
Wetlands Habitat Trunk
http://www.tulsazoo.org/tulsazoo/assets/File/Wetlands%20Habitat%20Loan%20Trunk.pdf
Grasslands
http://www.tulsazoo.org/tulsazoo/assets/File/Grasslands%20loan%20trunk.pdf
Oklahoma
http://www.tulsazoo.org/tulsazoo/assets/File/Bison.pdf
In My Own Backyard: Oklahoma's Ecoregions is a thinkquest designed for my students to research the different eco-regions in Oklahoma. Thinkquest is a protected website for students to explore and research on the Internet. http://www.thinkquest.org/

The Socratic Method

"The unexamined life is not worth living."
-Socrates
So today I get an email from the GT coordinator about the Socratic Method. This is one of my number one methods for introducing higher level thinking and reasoning in my classroom. Angela Bunyi has two  incredible lessons on her website that utilizes the Socratic Seminar. Aaron Huey: America's Native Prisoners of War and Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison.
Check it out at http://mrsbunyi.com/ .
Here is a link for differentiating instruction using the Socratic Method: http://www.suite101.com/content/socratic-method-and-gifted-students-a74219
Socratic Seminars: http://www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar.htm
Guidelines for student participants in Socratic Seminars: http://www.studyguide.org/socratic_seminar_student.htm.
Example of Socratic questions: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/socratic/fifth.html
Socratic Seminars: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/socratic-seminars-30600.html
How to utilize Socratic Seminar in Your Classroom: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/65364.aspx