What Happens in a CP/GATE Class?
Tomas Rivera Middle School's teachers of gifted students, recognize that their GATE students are a diverse group of individuals that learn in a variety of ways and have many different interests. To meet the unique needs of our students, our CP teachers differentiate their instruction.
Differentiation entails teachers practicing the philosophy that one shoe does not fit all, especially when it comes to learning. In other words, teachers vary their teaching styles and sometimes allow students to learn how they learn best, even if it means changing a lesson just for that student.
When our CP teachers modify lessons for individuals, or small groups of individuals, to provided them with the best learning experience possible, that is called differentiated instruction.
|Students in our GATE clusters experience faster pacing, so they are able to cover content more quickly. Gifted students usually require only 1-2 repetitions for mastery of a skill.
||Students in our GATE clusters relate ideas and concepts at a more sophisticated level. They are encouraged to find multiple solutions from multiple points of view.
|Students in our GATE clusters explore topics in greater detail. When answering questions, they are expected to look at the language of the discipline, details, patters, trends, big ideas, and more.
||Students in our GATE clusters are provided opportunities to control their own learning in different ways: special course-work, individual projects, and negotiable project guidelines.