Middle School Serves Gifted learners
This is not the video I expected to make. I have been working with gifted students for curriculum compacting, for online enrichment, and for my class for gifted teaching certification. I expected that the video would be more about how we teachers give gifted students a chance to delve deeply and to show off their academic abilities. and, while, the challenge of projects are big part of this video, the students were most grateful for each other and the environment of Piedmont. They kept going back to what they learned socially and how they learned from each other.
This video was made off the cuff since I'd forgotten that I'd promised to make it. I literally asked the first students I saw if they'd been pulled out of classes in elementary and if anyone wanted to say a word about how being gifted at Piedmont is different than that. I just filmed whatever they wanted to say.
The eighth graders' enthusiasm for Piedmont was especially heartening. I turned off the camera once and a group said "wait we need to talk about the teachers" and had me start rolling again. Almost at the end of their middle school tenure, they feel a palpable gratitute for all the experiences that grew them in these three years, and were suprisingly other-focused. They talk about how seeing others' skills pushed them to be better and take more risks, they talk about how working with others taught them so much.
As you watch, a few things that I noticed were how different each student was yet how similar their takes, how animated and happy all the students were, how aware students are of their own needs and how they yearn to learn while creating.
We do an excellent job of letting kids be kids and supporting them while offering appealing challenges that push them forward. but, full disclosure: students reported waiting for the teacher to notice they already knew the material to get their needs met. I edited out a few "bored" lines and maybe I should have kept them in, but the students were so polite and respectful, they didn't want to tell their teacher.
This video humbles me. I thank Ms. Gorman and Ms. Thornburg for giving me the opportunity to make it as they prepare to discuss how Talent Development works in middle school at their conference. And I thank the gifted students in this video for their candor and enthusiasm and for teaching me a few things about gifted development I didn't learn in my grad school program.
Video transcript - my commentary in pink
google drive link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t3fXpodrOGeaW1W4-9pqpAAUyixBPxW0/view?usp=sharing
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"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!