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AIG Conference Presentations


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November 2008       National Association for Gifted Children

Join the Pod Squad!

Suzanne Hachmeister, Carmen Smith, Katie O’Connor, Melissa Matusevich, Patricia Anderson

 

Join the "Pod Squad!"  During a week-long Academically Gifted Summer Learning Center, fourth and fifth graders explored themes (i.e., Mysteries, Systems, Change) and used iPods as tools to create culminating products. Podcasting is the creation of radio-like broadcasts designed to be downloaded and played on an iPod. In this session, participants will view student-produced podcasts, learn the basic capabilities of iPods, construct a groupe example of a podcast, and receive practical "how-to" materials including a take-home CD.

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November 2008       National Association for Gifted Children

When Mrs. Wishy Washy is Wrung Out: Challenging the Young, Talented Reader

Elizabeth Fogarty

 

Appropriate for classroom teachers of grades K-2, this practical session offers strategies for working with the yourng, talented reader. The session is divided between strategies for use in the classroom, and ways that teachers can develop home literacy programs to foster young, readers' development. Aspects of the SEM-R, a research-based reading model, will be examined for use at the primary grades. Participants will leave the session with ideas and materials that can be used to strengthen existing reading programs, while providing the necessary differentiation for young, talented readers.

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October 2008          National Association for Gifted Children

Is it cute or Does it Count?

Patricia Anderson, Elizabeth Fogarty, Suzanne Hachmeister, Carmen Smith & Melissa Matusevich

 

Experienced middle grades teachers know that gifted middle students have radars that enable them to spot and reject cutesy lessons. In this session, presenters will demonstrate how the Understanding by Design curriculum framework can be used to plan rigorous, interesting curriculum for gifted middle grades students. From polymer chemistry and global warming to the evolution of fashion, curricular examples apporopriate for use with gifted learners in grades 4-7 will be provided in the session, and participants will receive several units that can be implemented in their own schools. This session will also be appropriate for teacher educators.


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November 2007       National Association for Gifted Children

From Genetics to Videoconferencing: Gifted Kids go to Camp

Elizabeth Fogarty, Melissa Matusevich, Katie O’Connor, Patricia Anderson, Suzanne Hachmeister, & Carmen Smith

 

This session introduces participants to a program in which graduate students provide a day camp experience for gifted fourth and fifth graders. This session illustrates the importance of the practicum experience and partnerships between university faculty and local teachers when training future teachers of the gifted. We provide information and materials to benefit those interested in providing a gifted summer camp, teachers of gifted students looking for unit ideas, or faculty looking for ways to strengthen programming options for gifted graduate programs. 

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November 2007       National Association for Gifted Children

Hooray for Hollywood

Suzanne Hachmeister, Carmen Smith, Katie O’Connor, Melissa Matusevich, Patricia Anderson & Elizabeth Fogarty

 

Join us for a star-studded trip down Hollywood Boulevard! During a week-long Academically gifted Summer Learning Center, fourth and fifth graders explored themes (i.e., mysteries, systems) and used Windows Movie Maker as a tool to create culminating products. In this session, participants view student-produced multimedia movies, learn basic capabilities of Movie Maker, construct a group example, and receive practical materials including a take-home CD.

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October 2007          ECU Clinical Teacher Conference

Using Tiered Assignment to Differentiate in the Elementary Classroom

Elizabeth Fogarty, Melissa Matusevich, Katie O’Connor

 

Meeting the wide range of students’ needs in the classroom can be accomplished through a curricular modification process known as “tiering.” Creating tiered assignments allows teachers to modify the level of abstraction, support,complexity, etc. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to work with the instructors and colleagues to design a tiered lesson of their own.

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November 2006        National Association for Gifted Children

A Public School/University Partnership: A Unique Program Serving Students & Future Gifted Educators

Katie O’Connor, Patricia Anderson, Ruth Kilburn, Melissa Matusevich, Suzanne Hachmeister, & Carmen Smith

 

In response to a new state mandate, Pitt County Schools and ECU created a partnership in which graduate and non-degree students can earn AIG teacher licensure as well as provide a week-long summer AIG learning center for fourth and fifth graders. The university students complete a four course series including actively observing, planning, implementing the curriculum, and teaching at the summer AIG learning center. The future gifted educators complete the coursework in one year and benefit from one-on-one work with gifted students for two summers. This public school/university partnership is an innovative way to serve gifted students and future gifted educators.

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November 2006        National Association for Gifted Children

The Non-Negotiables of Rigor: Providing Gifted Students with Appropriate Instructional Opportunities

Valorie Hargett, Melissa Matusevich, & Katie O’Connor

 

How does one define rigor? What evidence exists that demonstrates teachers' deep understanding that builds upon adn extends the standards for students in purposeful learning? How can administrators and curriculum leaders support teachers in creating tru communities of learning, encouraging both students and teachers to be risk-takers engaged in experimental, investigative and open-ended learning processes? Join this interactive session to see how a state gifted program has developed in collaboration with state and national leaders a rigor rubric for educational programs that is being used to guide teachers and administrators in developing honors and advanced programs from elementary to secondary levels. A major university will share how they are preparing teachers who work with advanced and gifted students to implement and use a four-level rubric as a tool for evaluating rigor within curriculum, instruction and assessment.

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