Winner, Winner!

The Continental Math League testing at 4th and 5th grade is now complete. Throughout the year, close to 200 students in fourth and fifth grade chose to participate in the Continental Math League and a whopping 61 of those students earned a perfect score at some point throughout the year!  Here’s a listing of those students:…

A Visual Journey

So just what does a week in the ACE resource room look like? Sometimes it looks like Word Masters Challenge practice using these handy bridges… Sometimes it looks like hunkering down to solve a Quick Think problem on divisibility… Sometimes it looks like planning for a video about the rain forest… Sometimes it looks like…

Small Group ACE Update

3rd grade Level 2 ACE Math students have moved on from the unit on logical thinking and are now tackling tasks requiring spatial reasoning.  We’ve already tried our hands at Slitherlinks (tricky little puzzles requiring a great big amount of forethought!) and played the game Bloxorz (a big hit – find it at http://www.mathplayground.com) and…

Geography Bee Update

Wow!  TJ students rocked the semi-final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee once again!  It’s true!  Not one, not two, but eight fourth and fifth graders made it through seven rounds  in the classroom without missing a single question! Congratulations to fifth graders Jack Ackerman, Nils Andersson, and Ketevan Gallagher, and fourth graders Grace Kummer, Lucy Hladky,…

Geography Bee Next Week

On Thursday, January 12th, TJ’s 4th and 5th grade students will have an opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Bee, a nationwide geography contest for schools. There are three levels of competition:  school, state, and national. The school level of competition begins during the week of January 12th  with the classroom level competitions.  Each teacher…

Tiger Pause, Take 2

A new round of Tiger Pause enrichment classes started on Tuesday. No doubt many adventures and lots of learning will be encountered in the coming weeks! Third graders enrolled in ACE will be exploring the Project M3 Me in Measurement unit. Project M3 is a curriculum created by staff at the University of Connecticut specifically for use with gifted…

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program

Each summer the University of Virginia Curry School of Education hosts a highly successful Summer Enrichment Program for gifted and high-ability children rising into fifth through tenth grades. There are three twelve day sessions being planned for June and July.  Students live on-grounds at UVa while taking classes in such diverse topics as neuroscience, scientific…

Math, Math, Math

Round 1 of Continental Math League wound up last week and, as the first session of Math Olympiad testing comes to a close this week, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you all some information about the three main math competitions available at TJ:  Math Olympiad, Continental Math League, and Math Kangaroo….

Kids’ Philosophy Slam

Is the pen mightier than the sword? The Kids’ Philosophy Slam will give your young thinker the chance to answer that question! The Kids’ Philosophy Slam is an annual contest in which students express their feelings or ideas about a philosophical question.  Students may use any creative combination of words and artwork to do so.  We’ve…

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = ACE

There’s always a method to my madness, and my last four blog posts have been no exception.  I plotted them out specifically so I could illustrate one point… On September 30th, I wrote all about the Tiger Pause classes.  One week later, I posted an entry about Math Alive!  On the heels of that blog…

Differentiation. It’s More than Just a Buzzword.

Talk to experts in the field of gifted education and you’ll get a variety of takes on what “differentiation” is.  But what they’ll all agree on is that the focus of differentiation should be on altering the content of a lesson, the process by which students might access that content, and the product students might use to communicate their…

ACE Update!

ACE Level 2 classes have been extraordinarily busy over these past few weeks working on thinking skills. In third grade the watchword for all ACE Level 2 students has been logic.  We’ve been tackling a number of problems, puzzles, and games that require the use of logical reasoning.  They have solved some pretty tricky problems using toothpicks.  In…