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…

Math Alive!

MathAlive! is an interactive traveling exhibit that allows visitors to experience  math in action.  Since its inception in 2012, MathAlive! has traveled to a number of national and international locations and, from October 22nd until January 8th, it will be in nearby Hampton, Virginia, at the Virginia Air & Space Center. Forty hands-on activities create fun experiences that…

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You!

Tiger Pause classes start next week for all of the ACE students and loads of creative and enriching things will be happening all around the building! Third Grade ACE students will be figuring out the lay of the land on Mystery Island, where they’ll find themselves shipwrecked.  The students will be locating bodies of water on Mystery Island, researching…

Math Festival? Count Me In!

I’ve received my first email from the organizers of the National Math Festival, conveniently located in Washington, DC.  Mark your calendars now for a day of mathy fun on April 22, 2017. There will be puzzles to solve, lectures to enjoy, games to play, films to watch, and so much more.  And at the center…

Welcome Back to a New School Year!

Welcome back to a new school year here at TJ!  There’s BIG news in the world of ACE…  a new part time ACE teacher has been hired!  Her name is Laura Coates and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.  You’ll be hearing more from Mrs. Coates in the coming weeks, but…

A Little Bit of Nonsense

Recently, I threw a logic puzzle at some of the kids which led to two quick videos — one highlighting the great frustration that comes with tackling a truly challenging problem, the other dedicated to the pay off – that amazing feeling that comes when you solve a truly challenging problem! Don’t worry — the…