Academically/Intellectually Gifted
AIG Specialist - Chris Schmidt
      
The gifted program at Charles C. Bell Elementary serves students who demonstrate a definite or extreme need for curriculum differentiation.  Formal identification usually starts in the third grade.  The nomination period for grades 3-5 is in the fall.  Buncombe County uses multiple criteria to determine the degree of need for differentiation.  The criteria include:  aptitude (intelligence) testing, achievement testing, teacher observation of typical characteristics, grades, and work samples when needed.


Services Include:

*Cluster grouping (5 or more students) with teachers who have training in gifted education
*Curriculum differentiation by the classroom teachers with consults by gifted teacher
*Enrichment groups with the gifted specialist with curriculum designed for gifted students
*"Problem Solvers" Program for 1-2 students who demonstrate a need for enrichment
  (This is not formal identification for AIG program.)


Curriculum Highlights:

5th grade
Concept-based unit on immigration
Caesar's English
Gifted Awareness
Algebraic Thinking Activities 
Math/Logic Activities
Independent Study
DeBono's Six Action Shoes

4th grade
Concept-based unit on the environment
Caesar's English
Gifted Awareness
De Bono's Six Thinking Hats
Algebraic Thinking Activities
Math/Logic activities
Independent Study

3rd grade
Concept-based unit on heroes
Caesar's English
Gifted awareness
Algebraic Thinking Activities
Math/Logic activities
Independent Study

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