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Sharing Best Practices
Happy Dreamer Introduction
This month’s Best Practice comes from Ms. Erin Roads, a fifth grade teacher from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School, in New London, CT. Erin began her introduction to Renzulli Learning with a read aloud of the book Happy Dreamer, by Peter Reynolds, along with the Scholastic instructional materials provided to go along with the book. She wanted to tie in Reading Comprehension Skills, such as Author’s Purpose, Making Inferences, Theme, and Text to Self.
I introduced the title of the book by asking students to describe what kind of thoughts about themselves made them happy. When they daydream, what are they doing? While reading, we stopped at various points and I asked my students if they could identify with the character in the book and to provide their own examples of their dreams.
After completing the book…
Tip of the Month
Student Introduction Lesson
Are you ready to share Renzulli Learning with your students? How are you going to introduce it to the class? Check out our Introducing Students to Renzulli Learning lesson! “Open up their schema” on terms like support, challenge, personal, and different. Prepare them to become independent learners. Give them the steering wheel.
Combine this with the lesson suggestion above in Sharing Best Practices and you’ll have a fabulous launch to your school year and the wonderful world of Renzulli Learning!
The alternative to gifted and talented for the few: What it looks like to spread similar enrichment to all
By Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis
The recent controversy over the elimination of gifted education programs in New York City’s public schools must be viewed in the larger context of the role that schools need to play in changing world conditions, career development opportunities, the job market and the ways in which we can better prepare all of our young people for happy and productive
Most schools today, due to the influence of rigid standards and test-prep driven instruction, resemble an education system designed to prepare students for the industrial revolution.
If we want to rethink education intelligently, we should not talk not about eliminating gifted programs, but rather, about extending the opportunities, resources and support that characterize gifted programs to more students…
New School Year Transition
Is Your Roster Ready?
As your students walk through the door with their shiny lunch boxes and new sneakers, you realize that you do not want to waste ANY time in getting to know what makes them tick. What’s the best way? With the Renzulli Profiler of course!
If your school has a software roster management system such as Clever or ClassLink, the transition should be seamless for you. If not, someone in your school or district needs to initiate the New School Year transition process.LEARN MORE
New Content Development
NASA Space Place
NASA Space Place’s mission is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids’ learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone. Search the Renzulli Learning Enrichment Database for “NASA Space Place” to see what is accessible and send your students outta this world!