In 3rd grade TAG, we are studying Language Arts. In the unit, Journeys and Destinations, the guiding theme is the recognition of change as a concept that affects people and their relationships to the world around them. An open-ended approach to the discussion process is emphasized in the search for meaning in literature selections such as Aesop’s fables, The Green Book, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, and “The Ugly Duckling.” Vocabulary development, writing activities, oral communication, research, and reasoning are integrated into the unit so that the students can create their own unique learning experiences.
In 4th/5th grade TAG, we are learning about different types of literature. In the unit, Literary Reflections, all four language arts strands of literature, writing, language study, and oral communication are integrated into the curriculum for grades 4–5. This unit involves students interacting with literature while enhancing reading comprehension and textual analysis skills. The literature selections, including The Secret Garden and world-class short stories by such authors as Tolstoy and Singer, serve as a basis for discussion.
In addition to these units, we will also be conducting rigorous vocabulary studies, studying grammar, conducting research projects, writing workshops, multi-cultural studies, and exploring how language can pave the way for our futures.
Expectations and Grading Policies
Program Goals for TAG Students
· TAG students will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize and see relationships at the level of their unique potential in order to become independent, self-directed learners.
· TAG students will utilize critical thinking skills to foster in-depth, complex learning that demonstrates an understanding of advanced content.
· TAG students will develop a positive self concept comparable to their area of giftedness that meets their social and emotional needs in order to interact and communicate effectively with other gifted students, peers, and society.
· TAG students will collaborate in an environment that fosters relationships with students, families, businesses, and the community to further their creative thinking and maximize potential.
· TAG students will use advanced, divergent thinking skills to explore creative possibilities and solutions to enhance productivity and problem solving for themselves and society.
Student attendance is required on the scheduled TAG day. A student must attend unless appropriate arrangements have been made.
During the time students attend TAG they are not required to make up activities completed while they are gone. Work is a “keep up” not a “make up” situation and should not be assigned as homework. Students should understand concepts of the subject content in their regular classroom, and if work is missed, it is at the teacher’s discretion that it be made up or communicated to me that it is essential and should not be missed through time in TAG. Homework is not usually given to in TAG unless the work required is not done during the schedule time during class. If work is not completed, it becomes homework that is due the next time TAG meets.
· Grading Policy
Assessment of TAG students is ongoing. Students will be evaluated on their ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving skills and leadership skills as compared to other gifted students. Progress Reports will be sent home at multiple times each semester to inform parents of student progress in class.
The following are a few things to help our class run a little more smoothly:
- Enter and exit the class calmly and quietly – no horseplay!
- Each day you come to TAG, you should be prepared with the required materials.
- If you need to be excused from class for any reason, please ask me during an appropriate time unless it is an emergency – in between activities or if you have finished your work early.
- Group work should be conducted at a reasonable volume. Refrain from yelling or speaking loudly.
- Ask 3, then me: if three of your classmates do not know the answer to a question you have when help is permitted, THEN ask me.
- If you need my attention, please raise your hand – I will see you and come to you. If I am helping someone else, I will come to you next. There’s no need to yell, flap your arms around, or group around me if you need my help.
- I do not want to see anyone working on assignments from other classes!
- During any computer lab or media center visits, you are expected to conduct yourself in a responsible manner and follow all school rules and regulations.
- No cell phones, food, drink, or gum allowed in class.
My Responsibilities as Your Teacher
- I will create an environment that is student-friendly in which learning can take place for everyone.
- I will come to class prepared every day.
- I will design fun and engaging lessons.
- I will answer your questions and also ask questions that encourage thinking and understanding.
- I will be accessible outside of class time.
- I will take your concerns seriously.
- I will correct misconceptions or incorrect understanding.
- I will be fair.
Your Responsibilities as My Student
- You will respect others and their property.
- You will arrive on time and prepared to participate in class every day.
- You will read and follow directions the first time.
- You will conduct all activities, including labs, in a safe manner.
- You will complete and turn in all assignments promptly.
- You will ask questions if you do not understand something.
- You will obey all school rules.
- Verbal warning/Three Strike Rule
- Parent contact letter sent home
- Parent-student-teacher conference