Black Mountain Middle School GATE  

Identify gifted and talented students, including those from diverse racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and provide high-quality differentiated opportunities for learning that meet the students' particular abilities and talents. (Education Code, Chapter 8, Section 52200)

Our State has developed legislation and program standards that define our program goals and objectives. Our site use these as guideline in the development of our program:
  • Provide differentiated opportunities suitable for each student's particular abilities and talents
  • Provide a variety of learning environments
  • Help to develop sensitivity and responsibility to others
  • Help to develop students' commitment to ethical standards
  • Provide opportunities to develop problem solving
  • Help students develop realistic, healthy self concepts
  • Provide an integrated differentiated learning experience within the regular school day

    Teachers use some of the following ideas and approaches to adapt the curriculum to fulfill the State requirements and to meet the needs of gifted students within their classes. Teachers use the core curriculum as a foundation and then apply these ideas and approaches to differentiate the curriculum at a more appropriate, challenging level for the students.
  • Learn foundation skills, prior to applying those skills at the transformational level (apply the skills in new ways)
  • Learn a concrete concept through a hands-on approach, demonstration or explanation then move to develop the concept at a more abstract level (idea-based and involving mental manipulation of information)
  • Move from simple to complex along a continuum (combining ideas that require more more originality and depth of thinking)
  • Move from single concepts or skills to a multifaceted approach (unifying ideas that cause learning to occur across disciplines)
  • Move from more structure and dependence to less structure and greater independence (greater choice in approaching and presenting assignments, setting goals, meeting timelines, evaluating work)
  • Move from a slower pace to a quicker pace (taking less time to achieve basic concepts because repetition is not needed)
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