Ms. Carol Donlin » Fundamental Connections 7th grade GIFTED

Fundamental Connections 7th grade GIFTED



4th PERIOD GIFTED FC:   2lehh77


GOOGLE MEET for the first week of classes will be posted to GC 5 to 10 minutes prior to start of class so that I can be present to greet you as you arrive.


Fundamental Connections is a class with two major components. 

First, Fundamental Connections is where we build relationships to enable our scholars to become Self-Directed Learners.


This particular section is a 'gifted scholar' only group for designated work with other high intelligence scholars. 


It is a daily course wherein educational and personal connections are explored and all of the usual 'homeroom' activities take place including paperwork for administration, SLATE conferences, registration, and so on. 


The curriculum for this class is based on best practices for the specific needs of gifted and twice exceptional learners and includes specific components to help address some of those awkward asynchronous developments common in this group of scholars to build up the whole child to be the best he or she can be. In addition to the DARE program used throughout much of Sandoval County and here at ASK, I include strong academic and cognitive/metacognitive 'thinking' skills through practice and hands-on learning, creativity in thinking and problem-solving through games and fun competitions, and socio/emotional interpersonal and intrapersonal skill building through activity, intellectually challenging discussions, small peer group projects.


Second, the Research in Action portion of the class provides scholars the opportunity to participate in year long scientific research, collect, display, and analyze, draw and write conclusions and bibliographies based on their interest. It culminates with a day of presentations at ReCon (Research Convention) here on campus in the spring semester. 


Update 7/18/2020:  In light of the announcement made yesterday that ASK will begin with REMOTE learning on August 3rd for the first month, the structure of FC may be changed somewhat. I will keep you apprised of changes as I am aware of them and able to make necessary adjustments to our plans.  

Remember that flexibility is a talent we develop over time and likely will be a focus area during this transition to middle school.

Mrs. D