I meet with REACH students in grades 2-5 once a week for two hours. I meet with kindergarten and first grade REACH students for one hour per week. This pull-out session is called cohort time. Cohort time allows gifted students to work with other gifted students in an environment where they are encouraged to take risks and required to think, think, think, and think some more. I also meet with high level reading and math groups in small and whole group settings.
The goal for REACH class this year is to have as much fun while learning as much as possible. First through fifth grade students will experience the Creative Problem Solving process as they participate in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities as well as Creative Problem Solving Units designed specifically for gifted learners. Self-awareness will be gained by identifying strengths and weaknesses according to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. All students will learn what it means to be gifted and reflect on what giftedness means to them. A select group of fifth graders will be able to participate in Future Problem Solving at Rio Vista Elementary School. I coach a Math Olympiad team of 15 fourth-fifth grade students. We meet once a week to solve challenging math problems with an official contest once a month. I also coach an Odyssey of the Mind team.
Our time together as a class is limited to one or two hours per week. With that said, it is of the upmost importance that students respect their time in REACH class by respecting their teacher, themselves, each other, and the materials.