This is my first year at AUGS! I am very excited to be here. I have been working with gifted students and programs for over thirteen years now, and I am very happy to say that I found my passion in life! I have taught gifted classes, created curriculum, and even coordinated a middle school program in the past with six middle schools. I was involved for many years with the Illinois Association of Gifted Children as a committee and board member. At AUGS I will be working with students during their Success Classes four days a week, and helping raise the bar for our honor's classes, so that our gifted students will truly be challenged and ready to take on AP classes in high school.
For our 6th, 7th and 8th grade Success Classes my students will be working on Project Based Learning - Personalized Learning projects that will allow them to follow a passion in depth this year. As our honors classes are challenging our students at AUGS, there will still also be time to make-up work, assessments, and to get extra help from other teachers during our class. I know this is important to my students. We will also spend time learning about social emotional issues that are unique to gifted students, and working on thinking deeper about our world.
My 6th and 7th graders are working diligently on gathering information to become experts on their topics. We have some very exciting projects in the works, with a variety of topics! We'll have more on that soon.
With Covid-19 starting this year, my 8th graders went full force into researching what was happening in our world. They are currently working on this topic for our problem-based learning project. Each student has a role and a job to perform, most have teams to research specific areas of this virus. This is truly real-world learning happening.