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Staff Development Gifted and Talented


F.O.C.U.S.
(Finding Our Creativity Utilizing Strategies)
Differentiating Curriculum through Chunking, Brain Breaks and Foldables

In a world where standardized testing reigns supreme, many students, especially Gifted and Talented students, are suffering from boredom, a lack of opportunity for creative output, and information overload.

This year, the staff at HMNS will present a workshop that aims to help teachers and students alike F.O.C.U.S. Participants will enjoy a day exploring the Museum while engaging in a variety of hands-on activities that enhance student creativity and interest. While collaborating with Museum presenters and local area teachers, educators will learn how to differentiate through chunking curriculum, inserting frequent brain breaks, and incorporating foldables and other interactives into the classroom.

Participants will receive: 

6 hours of credit toward the completion of state mandated 30 hour teacher training, OR
6 hour update credit for those who have completed their 30 hours,
interactive activities and techniques that can be implemented in the classroom immediately,
hands-on, Museum-related activities,
workshop notebook, and ·
much more!

Cost: 

$60 per person (Spring Special: $50 if registered before May 1)

Session is limited to 40 participants

Time:

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*

Dates:

June 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27
August 4, 5, 7, 8

"*At the end of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity, to visit the Museum’s special exhibitions at the field trip price.

Register:

Register by calling: 713-639-4708. Payment must be made at registration; P.O.s are accepted.

For questions e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Payment is due upon registration. No refunds or cancellations. The Minimum number of registrants for this class is 15. If the minimum has not been reached two weeks prior to the date of the class, the class will be cancelled. The participants will be notified and their registration fee returned.

 

 

Staff Development Gifted and Talented

Aramco Teacher Research Institute 2014

Teachers use museum collections, pose research questions, control variables and collect data for analysis while earning 6 hours of CPE credit in this new TAGT-approved Gifted and Talented Workshop. Morning and afternoon labs focus on content areas needing strengthening according to STAAR performance in 2013:

Lab 1: Environmental Factors using the Cockrell Butterfly Center
Lab 2: Vertebrate Zoology in the Morian Hall of Paleontology

Each lab is structured to extend the classroom into the real world, using six sequential steps, chosen to provide challenging learning experiences for the gifted and talented student.

Step 1: How to introduce students to learning environments that challenge them to explore and to make discoveries.

Step 2: How to expose students to broad knowledge themes like sustainability and adaptation.

Step 3: How to develop activities that require students to problem solve independently as they plan and execute their original research.

Step 4: How to develop observation and data collecting activities that are open-ended.

Step 5: How to extend learning beyond the 3-hour lab, providing connections to other real world experiences.

Step 6: How to develop activities that students can do with parents and other members of the community.

Participants will receive 6 hours of credit toward the completion of state-mandated 30-hour teacher training OR 6 hour update credit for those who have completed their 30 hours.

The research activities are structured for the gifted and talented learner and can be applied to environments at school or on field trips to the Museum.

Cost:
$60 per person

Session is limited to 40 participants

Time: 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Date: 
June 25

Register: 
Register by calling 713-639-4708. Payment must be made at registration. P.O.s are accepted.

For questions e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Payment is due upon registration. No refunds or cancellations. The minimum number of registrants for this class is 15. If the minimum has not been reached two weeks prior to the date of the class, the class will be cancelled. The participants will be notified and their registration fee returned.

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