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There are many factors that go into designing curriculum for Challenge students.  These are key components to my planning.

  • Challenging:  The students work with higher order thinking problem solving.                                                                                                                              
  • Student Interest:  At the end of last year I surveyed my 3rd and 4th students.  I gave them many topic ideas and asked them to rank each on a 0 - 5 basis.  I am using their favorite ideas as well as others I am developing based on the school theme of Harmony.                                                                                                          
  • Variety of Intelligences Used:  Using Howard Gardeners theories of Multiple Intelligences, I vary the units and individual lessons so that children’s strengths are tapped or that they can try something new in a safe setting.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • World View:  It is important to me to broaden the students thinking to include other people’s perspectives and ideas.                                                                                                           
  • Technology:  There are so many exciting ways to communicate through technology.  For example, last year the second graders really enjoyed creating claymation stories and watching them on the big screen.                                                                                                          
  • Leadership:  I try to give students the opportunity to be leaders within the group as much as possible, to coach them how to be leaders when they return to their classes, by facilitating and delegating.                                                                                                                                                
  • Arts Integration:  This is my passion.  I’ve been fortunate to work with Intermedia Arts through a variety of grants to teach teachers how they can integrate arts into their curriculum.  I find that creating art together builds community, fosters an eye for beauty, helps children problem solve and is engaging and fun.