My name is James Herwig and I will be serving as your child's GT specialist. There have been a lot of changes at Lakewood Elementary this year, so I wanted to introduce myself to you and go over a few expectations for our gifted and talented services to make for a positively amazing year!
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I have been teaching in Tomball since 2009. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I have also served as a special education specialist and worked in the structured learning lab. I currently serve as the regional challenge master for the engineering challenge in Destination Imagination and as an adviser for the North Harris Creative Problem Solving Organization.
Here is a brief list of some of the GT services that will be available throughout the year to meet your child’s unique needs. Services may include:
Pull-out or Pull-in times with a GT specialist – Your child’s teacher and I will work together to provide the best learning environment for your gifted child. We may provide these services either in a small group setting of the GT classroom or within your child’s classroom via extensions, differentiated projects, menus, and/or tiered activities. GT pullout sessions will begin Monday, September11th and will follow a regular schedule. There may be some interruptions during GT testing periods.
Academic clubs and activities – Our school is working to provide various clubs for students to participate in. Club participation is optional and GT students must follow all club rules and restrictions just like all other participants. District wide activities such as the GT Kids Conference and TISD Chess Tournament will be offered as well.
Current Clubs and programs in action include: Destination Imagination, UIL, Techsperts, and Choir. We should have coding clubs and a robotics club coming soon.
Project Based Learning – Our GT students will take part in project based learning activities such as Texas Education Agency’s Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP), EcoRise, and/or Buck Institute for Education’s PBL Gold Standard Structure . Our goal is to offer your child choices with structure so that research, collaboration and learning take place with an emphasis on developing 21st Century skills. Evaluation of projects will occur via rubric based peer and teacher feedback. Grades will not be issued for GT projects so the emphasis will be on creativity, critical thinking, communication, personal growth, and collaboration, not a letter grade. Student products may be selected for display in the Campus and/or District GT Student Showcase.
I am eager to get to know you and your child. I look forward to empowering our students to success! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Email is the most effective method. firstname.lastname@example.org
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