Locations: Northland Innovation Center
On a typical day at the Northland Innovation Center, choices abound for each SAGE student as they proceed through their day; for example, student selected STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) Units of Study, independent research, and mathematical problem solving. The open learning space of the Northland Innovation Center is driven by the values of curiosity, imagination, innovation, flexibility, and adaptability. Throughout their day, students will engage in embedded critical thinking and creative problem solving experiences. In addition to these experiences, students meet with gifted peers from around the district for teacher facilitated instruction and discussion. Students set goals, and they record and reflect upon their progress throughout their day.
Students investigate various components of art, science, social studies, math, communication arts, music, physical education and health through student-selected units of study. Within these units, students have an opportunity to choose such topics as: electronics, 3-D printing, science, orienteering, robotics, engineering, aviation, theater, literature, broadcasting and many others.
Independent investigations are keyed to the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating) and higher-level thinking activities. Students investigate topics through a variety of informational materials and tools, and they demonstrate what they have learned by creating projects which show understanding using the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Examples of projects might include posters that teach others, student designed multimedia projects, three-dimensional models and descriptions, original narrative stories or expository books, Arduino/Little Bits projects, computer programming to create informational/interactive media, digital books, or comparison graphs and charts.
During mathematical problem solving, students work with the Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds curriculum. These curricular units were created to motivate and challenge mathematically talented students at the elementary level. Project M3 is a nationally recognized mathematics gifted curriculum. The curriculum features investigations, simulations, or real-life problems so students can actively solve them in the same way that practicing mathematicians do. Some opportunities may exist for students to participate in the Math Olympiad competition, a nationally recognized program that exposes students to higher-level mathematical challenges.
Intermediate students receive Spanish language instruction during the SAGE day with a different theme each week. The Spanish instructor uses review and practice as well as games, songs, and activities to reinforce student mastery of beginning vocabulary. Spanish instruction will take place during first or second semester and is one of the highlights of the day for many students.
Critical thinking challenges occur through a variety of activities. Clever challenges provide the necessary innovative experiences that excite and challenge gifted students.
Students in the SAGE program will work in a one-to-world computing environment, where each student uses a device to access and connect to a world of information. This supports our vision of opening our students to limitless opportunities for learning. Students will undertake challenging and stimulating learning experiences supported by instant access to global information resources and powerful tools for information processing, collaboration, creation, and transformation. SAGE Instructors will facilitate the usage of various technological tools and applications in the spirit of the SAMR model to interweave these tools into instruction so students utilize technology in a transformational way.
For more information on Gifted Education in North Kansas City Schools, please contact the Northland Innovation Center at (816) 321-5350.