Teaching gifted and talented was my first love. I started out with this position in 2001. Then, I decided I wanted my own classroom experience for awhile, so I took a position in elementary grades for 13 years. Returning to the gifted and talented position has been an exciting path for me! I look forward to this year!
Mrs. Flatt's Gifted Schedule
Monday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 Tuesday-Adair County Primary Center, 270-384-3367 Wednesday-Adair County Elementary School, 270-384-0077 Thursday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 (ACMS classes at ACHS) Friday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 (ACMS classes at ACHS)
The Gifted Program Curriculum
Paint the Bus
The Gifted Program received a VSA Kentucky Arts Inclusion Project grant to work with students on arts' projects that they had not previously done. This project dealt with creating a mural using stylized art on the ceiling of the Gifted and Talented Bus. The students enjoyed creating art on the ceiling of the bus. They learned so much from this experience by working with others and collaborating. They also learned to cooperate, and how to properly combine colors to make new combinations. It was such a creative working environment for students and teacher alike. What a fun learning experience for everyone!!!
You Can Do the Rubik's Cube
Teacher lesson plans from www.YouCanDoTheCube.com. Students practice on class borrowed sets of Rubik's cubes from the company's website, and they use algorithms to solve the cube with lesson plans provided by the company.
The students to my right are preparing objects to be used in a "Winter Waiter Challenge". In this challenge, students first create three-dimensional objects out of paper including cylinders, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and cubes. Next, they build a waiter tray that the items can be situated on for a team competition. During the competition, the students move around the tables in my classroom or in the lunchroom in a buffet style and pick up as many objects as they can to place on their waiter tray. They may only use one hand to hold the tray up during the relay similar to how you see waiters carry trays at restaurants.
Extensions for this activity include finding the area and perimeter of the shapes your group was able to keep on their tray and tally them up for points. The most overall points wins the match.
For younger students, they can add up the faces on the three-dimensional objects for points.
Grade level span of this activity is 2nd through 8th grade.
This lesson can be found at teacherspayteachers.com or www.feelgoodteaching.com by Kerry Tracy.