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Happy Holidays!

I am overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of Todd Hall families. Thank you for thinking of me this holiday season. I wish each one of you a blessed two weeks as you spend time with family and friends, as well as the happiest of holidays. I look forward to seeing you in 2015!


Welcome to Grade Two Project GATE!

Project GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) classes provide a differentiated, academically appropriate learning environment where high-ability children can maximize their potential in reading and mathematics. Project GATE curriculum includes reading and math instruction as well as gifted curriculum, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Global awareness
  • Work habits
  • Social and emotional skills

Please contact me for more information about second grade GATE reading and GATE math classes, as well as enrichment opportunities for kindergarten and first grade students.

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Friday News - December 12 Edition

Happy Friday to all! 

I hope you had as an enjoyable a week as we did in Project GATE. :) Here are a few highlights...

  • GATE math students completed unit six instruction and enrichment. They also took a pretest on unit seven material, which covers patterns and rules, as well as frequency distributions and statistical analysis. We'll begin unit seven instruction next week, though most students demonstrated mastery of material. I'll teach as much as needed and spend the remaining instructional time enriching material and accelerating the curriculum. Well done, Project GATE math students!!!! I am continually amazed at the students' problem-solving ability. It is an exciting class to teach!
  • GATE math students also continued Continental Math League practice. I gave students an old exam today -- an actual exam students took in 2012. We practiced the problems and solution strategies together. Students were able to experience the format of the actual exam, which will make them more comfortable when they take their first exam in January.
  • GATE reading students completed their first Junior Great Books story on bravery. The story, The Jade Stone, is a Chinese folktale that prompted excellent discussion of literary elements and character development. 
  • Speaking of folklore, we examined the trickster in multiple folktales, prompted by an Ananci (African folktale character) in Storyworks Magazine. A trickster is defined as a character who outsmarts or outwits more powerful, stronger characters. We discussed why the trickster is such an enjoyable character. Then, students submitted entries to Storyworks' trickster contest. I was very pleased with their creative writing pieces! (Remember, determining the author's central moral or lesson from a folktale is a second grade learning goal and Common Core State Standard. Examining the role a trickster plays in a folktale adds to GATE students' depth of understanding.)
  • Finally, GATE reading students continued their study of word logic. I gave a new assignment this week -- Wordoku. It is Sudoku with words and quite a hit in room 204! :)

Have a great weekend!

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