What is Gifted Education?
It's part of human nature to want to learn, to be in that place where we can grow intellectually, emotionally and creatively. We want to feel challenged, to move beyond where we are and toward our innate potential, to test our limits. Abraham Maslow, the well-known humanistic psychologist, called this the tendency toward self-actualization, and viewed it as an essential human drive.
Children need to feel challenged. In order to stay engaged, interested and excited about learning, they need the opportunity to explore, create, grow and go off in their own directions. Gifted programs exist to support students who need a different kind of learning experience - where they can work at an accelerated pace, on an advanced level academically, and to be around others with similar needs.
Giftedness has to do with how you approach things, how you learn, and your potential for learning. Giftedness means you are biologically wired to view the world in a certain way. Giftedness is about potential and attributes - "just viewing the world through a different lens". Therefore, a person's giftedness influences how they interact with the world.
Being identified as gifted is neither a good thing or a bad thing. It simply is. The label doesn't define you - the characteristics you display everyday do. The key is to learn how to manage those things - especially hard things such as emotional intensity, peer interactions, expectations - yours and from the people around you. Gifted education exists to provide students the tools they need for a successful journey.
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The Joplin Elementary Gifted Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Education Center at 8th and Pearl. It services grades 2nd - 5th. When visiting, please come in the West entrance.
Wendee Hughes - 2nd/3rd/5th
Miranda Hembree - 4th/5th
Bret Ingle - Director
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Our unit theme for this year is . . . Pop Culture! Why Pop Culture? Right now more than ever we want our students excited about learning, engaged in lessons and motivated to discover more about the world around them. Although the term wasn’t coined until the 80’s, by investigating pop culture throughout different time periods students will have a better understanding of our history and its impact on society. Pop Culture includes the attitudes, movies, books, art, and music of everyday people, usually younger people. Things that fascinate young people and make them stand out from their parents are the "popular culture" for each generation. When we look back at certain time periods in history, we can identify the pop culture trends that were important at the time. Get ready to step back in time as we "cut a rug", " shake our leg" and "jitterbug” through the Roaring Twenties!