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Joplin Elementary Gifted Center

The curriculum of the Joplin Elementary Gifted Center addresses the intellectual abilities and academic strengths of students through activities that encourage them to discover themselves and their abilities.  The primary goal is to create an autonomous learner, a student who learns to solve problems and develop new ideas.  He/She should grow to be an independent, self-directed learner responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of their own lifelong learning.  To achieve this goal the students will explore the following concepts:  thinking skills, creative problem solving, creativity, research skills, appreciation of literature, skills extension, affective education and group dynamics.  

Major Instructional Objectives:

I. Intellectual Skill Development


A. Thinking Skills

The learner will . . .

1.  Use basic thinking skills to compare and contrast and recognize patterns in sets of data.

2.  Use critical thinking to identify the parts of an idea as well as recognize the relationships and organizatio of those parts. (Analysis)

3.  Use critical thinking to arrange and combine elements in order to form a whole not previously evident. (Synthesis)

4.  Use critical thinking to assess the value of an idea or concept as related to its stated purpose.  (Evaluation)

5.  Arrive at a conclusion based on reasoning from the specific to the general.  (Inductive)

6.  Arrive at a conclusion based on reasoning from the general to the specific.  (Deductive)


B.  Creative Problem Solving

The learner will . . .

1.  Use problem solving skills to focus on a problem and to ask and answer questions of clarification.

2.  Locate factual information as an aid to understanding the problem.  (Fact finding)

3.  Analyze the whole problem.

4  Use the process of brainstorming to generate a number of possible solutions. (Idea finding)

5.  Evaluate ideas. (Solution)

6.  Predict and organize a plan of action. (Acceptance finding).

C.  Creativity

The learner will . . .

1.  Demonstrate fluent thinking, the generation of a quantity of ideas, through experiences in various creative processes.

2.  Demonstrate original thinking, the ability to produce new and/or unique ideas, through experiences in various creative processes.

II.  Academic Skill Development

A.  Research Skills

The learner will . . .

1.  Locate, assimilate, and implement information from a variety of resources including books, the internet, interviews and other sources.

2.  Apply basic research skills

3.  Make use of the scientific inquiry process.

B.  Appreciation of Literature

The learner will . . .

1.  Compare and contrast a variety of literature.

C.  Skills Extension

The learner will . . .

1.  Explore in depth a topic of particular interest to him/her.

III.  Self Discovery

A.  Affective Education

The learner will . . .

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of giftedness and build a positive self image.

2.  Recognize and use his/her abilities to become an independent and self-directed learner.

3.  Experience and apply positive social and team skills.

B.  Group Dynamics

The learner will . . .

1.  Demonstrate openness to a variety of responses by members of a group when participating in brainstorming.

2.  Demonstrate the use of exploratory group decision/discussion techniques to complete a task.

3.  Use effective questionning techniques and listen to other group members in order to solve a problem.

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