Elementary GT LEAD Program Services OverviewCritical ThinkingCritical thinking is characterized by the careful analysis of arguments, use of objective criteria, and the evaluation of data. Skills used in this type of thinking include:Inductive thinking skillsDeductive thinking skillsEvaluative thinking skillsCreative ThinkingCreative thinking is the ability to produce new and original ideas. Skills included in this type of thinking are:Fluency (many ideas)Flexibility (looking at things in a new way)Originality (one-of-a-kind ideas)Elaboration (details)Analogical thinkingTransformationSCAMPERProblem SolvingProblem solving combines both critical and creative thinking skills and is usually a sequential process.
Encountering gaps, paradoxes, opportunities or challenges then searching for meaningful new connections by generating many, varied, unusual or original possibilities
examining possibilities carefully, fairly and constructively; then focusing thoughts and actionsFormal problem solving strategies include:Creative Problem Solving (CPS)deBono's Thinking HatsdeBono's CoRT ThinkingThinking MapsBloom's Higher Order QuestioningTexas Future Problem Solving
LeadershipLeadership development is important at all grade levels. When working on developing leadership skills students will learn that leaders effectively influence a group's interaction, that they contribute ideas for group consideration and that they help the group move towards the completion of a task.
The curriculum developed for GCISD's elementary GT classes meets the Performance Standards for Gifted Education set by Texas Education Association.
- incorporates independent learning as well as group work
- requires thinking self-directed learning
- is challenging and rigorous
- encourages self-directed learning
- requires research - gathering information from multiple sources and/or synthesizing learning
- develops communication skills
- includes innovative products and performances
- encourages creativity
- involves students in evaluation and reflection about their work
- complies with district scope and sequence
- allows connections across time, disciplines and cultures
- Students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning and thinking, research and communication
- Students will produce products and performances of professional quality
- Each student will self-assess and peer assess