Friday, September 27, 2019

What is Talent Development?

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On Friday, 9-27, a letter will come home in student backpacks, for students selected by the academic team at Brookdale for the first round of small group Talent Development classes.  Talent Development in kindergarten will have four small groups, two for literacy instruction and two for math instruction that will meet one day a week for 45 minutes. The letter will indicate which day your son or daughter will be visiting my classroom.  In first and second grades there is one small group that will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday for 45 minutes. 

Second grade will meet 9:30-10:15
First grade will meet 10:15-11:00
Kindergarten will meet 1:40-2:25

The groups were developed by reviewing common assessments taken by all of the students, and thoughtful conversations about how students are performing in the classroom.  The work we will be doing is typically one year above grade level peers, using more challenging materials, and standards used at the next grade level. These small groups are flexible and will change throughout the year based on what the classroom teachers are seeing and my own observations of students during their time with me.  We begin the small groups on Monday 9-30.

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