This week for the Personal Development strand the students have been learning about these fascinating traits!
They have sparked funny, humorous anecdotal experiences and stories and also sad and emotional personal experiences.
The information below is written by Carol Bainbridge.
Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five areas in which children exhibit intense behaviors, also known as "overexcitabilities" or "supersensitivities." They are psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual and imaginational. Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities, although one is usually dominant.
Does your child complain about the seams in his socks? Put her hands over her ears when the movie starts in the movie theater?
Have trouble sitting still? Get moved almost to tears by a piece of music or work of art? These are signs of overexcitabilities.
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The students had to select some intensities, they thought they reflected and describe them and choose an image that represented the intensity.
Below is a presentation completed by Hadley, he really embraced this learning task.
Our Talent development group have been very busy with a number of robotic projects. From building and modifying drag racing cars and 4WD Jeeps to building battle robots. Once the construction phase is completed, the students program their projects using coding to help control and bring their gadgets to life.
The race is on!
Thomas and Nathan emailed the Department of Conservation with questions about the pest control programme that is using 1080 in our region.
Paul Jacques kindly offered to come and speak to the students about the programme called Battle for the Birds. His presentation dispelled some myths that we had researched and also challenged some of our sources of information.
It will be interesting to see where the students take their research investigation now. It is always a rich experience hearing the thoughts of experts in our community. It was disheartening to hear how many of our Native Birds have disappeared forever, and how many are facing extinction.
This term the first year students are looking at Education systems and have discussed some of these points.
What would a proper education be like?
Define a good education.
Should everyone get an education?
If someone is not educated, what are the implications?
How can we know someone is well educated?
How do you know you are educated (or will be)?
Why do we usually think education is a good, desirable thing?
-Could you be well-educated without going to school?
Is school essential for a good education?
These discussions were robust and would have made excellent debates.
Then we looked at the Depth & Complexity Tool - RULES
Students discussed what a rule is and what a rule means.
Some points made were that even though schools have rules, people choose to not live by them.
Students choose to ignore rules and break them.
We then challenged the students in groups to come up with a set of school rules designed by children for children, which will enable everyone to learn well.
Some groups also made a set of rules for teachers.
Be prepared to Find Humour!!
No whole class Punishments
No Drink Bottles in class ( due to OE- sensitive to schlurping)
Every day you get 15 minutes to stare out the window.
Every school has to have a five star buffet with a free drink every day.
Every Friday all the teachers have to dress up as something like an animal or character.
The teachers must let the pupils learn what subjects they want to.
P.E every day for 30 minutes.
Teacher Free Zones around the school.
Each class has a bus of their own.
The teachers have to buy us lunch.
Teachers wear uniforms.
Being allowed to leave the school at morning tea and lunch.
No homework ever is the best.
Free choice for passion learning each day.
BYOD allowed to be used every day for real learning that we choose.
Treat others as you would like to be treated every day, not when teachers are watching.
Teachers have to take their own cups back to the staffroom
No human pets.
No tests especially not on Fridays.
Watch You - Tube videos about Science
Learn Science every day with experiments
Hmm.... Lots to think about here!
Fulton Hogan staff have met with us today regarding the issues we will be faced with, during the water pipe upgrade taking place in front of the centre next week.
We would be unable to provide the minimum requirements to meet the requirements of health & safety.
Following this we have considered our options of limited water access and restricted vehicle and pedestrian access to Don Street.
The following decision has been made.
We will close the centre from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 August.
We will inform all of our community, parents and caregivers but would appreciate your assistance in sharing this information.
It's been a busy start to the term at enrich@ILT. Here's a list of some of the activities our students have been immersed in: