Every student has the right to an education that provides extended learning opportunities for the maximum development of his or her potential. Students identified as gifted have outstanding abilities and potential for accomplishments. It is the goal of the gifted program to encourage, foster, and support educational experiences for those students identified as gifted based on their unique learning needs and styles.
“Gifted: An unusually advanced degree of intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated.”
To extend student competencies in the areas of cognitive skills, collaboration, problem solving, creativity, reference skills, and communication skills beyond the experiences normally provided within the Ontario curriculum and its subsequent delivery to students.
GIFTED PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL (G.A.T.E.)
- Identified students are congregated in instructional groups by grade level with their intellectual peers. In some cases, multi-level grade or age groupings may occur
- A facilitator or teacher of the gifted delivers the program to each grouping in a self-contained resource room setting
- The gifted withdrawal program occurs 1-2 periods per teaching cycle throughout the school year
- Regular grade curriculum differentiation is developed for all identified students in each subject area
- Gifted enrichment is delivered beyond the scope of the Ontario Curriculum and affords students opportunities to study new topics using creative teaching and learning strategies, for example, creative problem solving
- Students are required to maintain high academic averages in every curriculum subject area while enrolled in the gifted program
Differentiated Programming: Core Grade Settings
Differentiated programming refers to the individualizing of instruction, particularly for bright, talented and gifted learners. It is the established programming mode at UMS within all class settings. We offer what some professionals refer to as school-wide gifted programs. Students in each grade receive instruction that has greater depth and breadth than the norm. Beyond the advanced curriculum, learning is enriched by addressing individual learning strengths as well as needs. Modifications to content, process, and product are characteristics of the gifted program and are key components of the UMS instructional plan. By working with their intellectual peers, UMS students are afforded learning opportunities that are unique and very beneficial. Providing advanced learning experiences and a superior set of learning skills prepares students to excel in elementary and secondary school and instils a lifelong love of learning.
The UMS G.A.T.E. program runs from grades 4-7 for gifted and highly able students. Our grades 5 and 6 students participate in our Literacy Fair. Over the course of the year, the students learn a variety of reading strategies to help them comprehend written text of various complexities. Our final project brings together all skills focused on throughout the year into one novel study. Once all components of the novel study are complete, they are arranged into a visual display for the Literacy Fair.