Academically and Intellectually Gifted

Emma Elementary School's AIG specialist for 2015-2016 is Chris Schmidt.  He will meet with students on Mondays this school year, but you can reach him any day through his email address: chris.schmidt@bcsemail.org 

Here is a little information on AIG programs here in Buncombe County.


Nurturing Program for Grades K-2:

Our AIG Specialists offer academic enrichment to K-2 students who demonstrate a need for this service. The program is called PROBLEM SOLVERS. This is not formal identification for the AIG program. Instead it provides enrichment for primary students whose needs vary from year to year. These groups are flexible and vary due to student needs. We work to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills – all while having a lot of fun!

 

AIG in Grades 3-5

In 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, students are cluster grouped (goal of no fewer than five identified AIG students with a teacher who is endorsed in working with gifted students) in a heterogeneous classroom. They attend a weekly enrichment class, taught by the AIG Specialist for 45 minutes to one hour. The classroom teacher also provides an appropriately differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of AIG students.


Curriculum Highlights:

Third Grade:

· People Making a Difference - a concept unit based on HEROES
· Introduction to Caesar's English
· Algebraic Thinking - First Experiences
· Technology activities
· Research activities - fact finding
· Thinking skills and problem solving
· Gifted Awareness

 

Fourth Grade:

· Our World, Our Future - Concept unit based on the ENVIRONMENT
· Caesar's English (advanced vocabulary from classic books and Latin stems)
· Advanced mathematical thinking - Hands on Equations
· Technology activities· Introduction to DeBono's Six Thinking Hats
· Research focusing on evaluating resources
· Thinking skills and problem solving
· Gifted Awareness

 

For more information about Buncombe County's AIG Program, please click here.
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