QUEST is the program for academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Students receive differentiated instruction from the gifted resource teacher and general education teacher throughout the year. Assignments are provided to stimulate and foster critical thinking and independent research skills. Students work both individually and in small groups to develop independent learning skills, creative potential, and higher level thinking abilities.
Problem Based Learning and Examples of Science Lesson Ideas
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method of hands-on, active learning centered on the investigation and resolution of messy, real-world problems. It originated in the late 1960s at the medical school at McMaster University in Canada. It is a pedagogical approach and curriculum design methodology often used in higher education and K-12 settings. The following are some of the defining characteristics of PBL:
- Learning is driven by challenging, open-ended problems with no one “right” answer
- Problems/cases are context specific
- Students work as self-directed, active investigators and problem-solvers in small collaborative groups (typically of about five students)
- A key problem is identified and a solution is agreed upon and implemented
- Teachers adopt the role as facilitators of learning, guiding the learning process and promoting an environment of inquiry
The following links are from Best Kids Educational Website. Reviews of the best K-12 interactive games and education sites for kids, parents and teachers. Education websites reviewed here are listed on LearningReviews.com, a directory of more than 2,900 mostly free K-12 educational websites, rated and reviewed by teachers, parents and students. The projects are often cross-curricular and incorporate STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to a new and exciting school year! We are delighted to have your student in QUEST and look forward to sharing this school year together. As Gifted Resource Teachers, we endeavor to create an educational partnership with you and your student that will foster courage, determination, and passion for knowledge. In addition to this, our commitment as educators will be to provide your student with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure their academic success with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Students are expected to actively participate in class and complete assignments to the best of their ability, while abiding by school rules at all times. Students and parents may access the Gifted Blog at http://blogs.spsk12.net/spsgifted/ for information on upcoming events, both local and regional, as well as forms and applications for various programs. Individual GRT website links are listed below.
Again we look forward to teaching your student and working with you to help your student achieve their fullest potential. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
The Middle School QUEST Team
Linda Ellis – email@example.com or Linda Perry-Clarke -firstname.lastname@example.org