FORMALLY IDENTIFIED GIFTED MODEL: IDEA LAB
Students are eligible for the gifted program through formal identification procedures. The identification process begins mid-year in kindergarten. Identified students participate in the pull-out Idea Lab program that meets 150 minutes per week. Articulated curriculum units focus on one broad theme each semester. The kindergarten unit focuses on a theme of "Explorations". The first and second grade curriculum is titled "Connections". In both cases, the focus of the curriculum is student-centered. The children are encouraged to explore or connect learning by areas of personal interest. The teacher serves as facilitator and consultant as each child creates a timeline, plan, and process for the study. Throughout the units, the children also explore higher-level thinking skills such as analogies, brain puzzles and games, logical reasoning, problem solving, and creative thinking activities. Third graders solve a variety of problems in a Mystery unit and explore topics of interest through an "Inquiry" based curriculum. The semester-long units in fourth and fifth grade, Architecture, Archaeology, Law and Invention, rotate on a two-year cycle. As culminating activities, students design and build structures, research cultures and participate in a "dig", conduct mock trials, and create and market an invention. All units focus on creative and productive thinking, communication, problem solving, and decision making.
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