The SPECTRUM program is designed to meet the needs of middle school students (grades 6-8) who have been identified in need of gifted services. Students attend SPECTRUM for a half block (approximately 45 minutes) every other day. The SPECTRUM curriculum framework focuses on four themes that are explored each year: Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives. Students engage in project-based learning, research and inquiry, and problem solving. They are challenged to collaborate, communicate, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Learning experiences are designed to develop initiative, creativity, and leadership skills. SPECTRUM provides students with opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on the demands and responsibilities of the gifted learner.
Last Modified on November 4, 2015
COURSE TITLE: Gifted Education (SPECTRUM) Grades 6-8 PREREQUISITE: N/A DESCRIPTION:
The Spectrum program is designed to meet the needs of middle school students who have been formally identified as generally intellectually gifted. SPECTRUM is offered as an elective for identified students. The SPECTRUM teachers stress higher level thinking skills that include analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Differentiation of instruction is key in planning learning activities to meet individual needs of the exceptional students. The SPECTRUM teachers provide opportunities for the students to expand intellectual curiosity, develop initiative and leadership, participate in national academic competitions, engage actively in problem solving, work cooperatively, and to promote special interests.
Cooperative Problem Solving