"E2: Experiences and Exposure"
The goal of AIG services for young students is to provide exposure to higher order thinking skills and nurture emerging talents prior to formal identification.
Kindergarten- The AIG specialist collaborates with classroom teachers to provide enrichment opportunities in the classroom. During the second half of the year, all kindergarteners will participate in the Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS) curriculum. This is a research-based higher order thinking curriculum.
1st Grade- All students take part in the PETS curriculum. The AIG specialist may also collaborate with classroom teachers to provide differentiated materials and activities in the regular classroom.
2nd – 3rd Grade- The AIG specialist collaborates with classroom teachers to provide enrichment materials in reading and math. The AIG specialist may also work with small groups of students on a rotating basis. All 3rd graders take part in thinking activities to prepare for the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT.)
INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES K-12
The OCS AIG program uses five core instructional strategies to help students feel challenged in the classroom:
Flexible Grouping: An instructional strategy by which advanced learners are grouped by common ability, readiness levels, learning styles, or student interests to receive modified curriculum and instruction. This may include curriculum compacting, tiered assignments, and/or extension menus. Students are often pre-assessed prior to group formation, and groups are formed and re-formed based on demonstrated needs.
Compacting: For students who have already mastered the material to be learned, teachers may replace content students know with new content, enrichment projects, or other activities.
Tiered Assignments: Rather than assigning all students the same work, teachers offer different levels of activities or assignments based on student readiness or skill sets.
Learning Menus/Contracts: Teachers may provide students with a menu of activities or assignments, from which students may choose how they learn. Teachers may also develop learning contracts with students, which outline what a student will learn, how they will learn it, and how they will be assessed.
Blended Learning: Students extend their learning by learning content and completing activities using digital tools such as Canvas, Google Classroom, and EdPuzzle, in addition to their differentiated curriculum and instruction that they receive during face-to-face interactions with the AIG specialist or classroom teacher.