Mrs. Kent, Gifted and Talented

 

Welcome to Mrs. Kent's Class Page
 

I have been teaching in the Roselle School District for 32 years. During this time, I have taught grade five, Basic Skills Math and Reading, and Gifted and Talented. I am currently the Gifted and Talented teacher at Washington and  Harrison School. I love to teach because it allows me to shape minds into being responsible, caring, creative, and open-minded.

  
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Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

-Edward de Bono

 

The Washington School Gifted & Talented Program meets the needs of highly able students in grades one through four. Students work in a small group setting to develop critical and creative thinking skills, investigative processes, communicative arts, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills.

Students are screened using multiple criteria:  Cognitive Abilities Test, PARCC, i-Ready scores, Report Card Grades and Teacher Recommendation.  If any parent would like to have their child screened for the G&T program, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at extension 3375. 

 

CONVOCATIONS 

Convocations network Roselle G&T students with G&T students from across Union County.

Grade 3: Brain Bowl
The Brain Bowl is a convocation of problem-solving and team-building. Following a team-building exercise, students work in district-mixed groups to complete tasks at four different problem solving stations:  Structure Building, Brainstorming, Estimation, and Lighting.  Points are awarded at each Problem Solving Station.  Medals are given to the top three scoring teams.

Grade 4: Mental Marathon
The Mental Marathon is a convocation of team building.  The students rotate through four learning stations:  Analogies, Logic, Research and Tangrams.  At each station, students must work together in order to submit one final answer booklet for scoring.  The points are tallied at the end of the day.  Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.

 

CREATIVE CHALLENGES 

  • If you hear the ocean when you listen to a seashell, what would you hear if you listened to:

a shoe
a milk carton
a grocery bag
a hubcap
        
 List as many sounds as possible for each noun.

  • How many different things can you make with:

a pen, a lemon, and a bag of popcorn? a calculator, a book, and a shoe? a desk, a candle, and a newspaper? some rope, a pair of pants, and a piece of wood?

 List as many different ideas as possible.  Once you  have made your list, pick your favorite solution or solutions. Explain how you arrived at your final choice.

  • You are stranded on an island with 50 feet of rope, five small balloons, and a book of poetry.  Using these items. devise a way to get rescued.  List as many different ideas as possible.

  • Create a new flavor of ice cream to represent each of the following holidays:  

New Year's Eve
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Valentine's Day 
Thanksgiving




Helpful Websites:

Games for the Brain Website

Think Website
https://www.fun.com/fun-brain-games-for-kids.html


Parent Resources:

Get Informed About G&T

What You Can Do For Your Gifted Child



"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."
   
-B.B. King