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"Creativity is Intelligence having fun”, said the great Albert Einstein. It takes a certain amount of inquisitiveness, courage, creative thought, and ingenuity to be a problem solver. I want to inspire this type of thinking and problem solving in our students at the newly opened Gulf Beaches Magnet School. The HoPS program is unique and well-structured to give all students of varying ability and cognitive levels an enriching experience that forces them to think differently, while practicing technical reading skills, following directions, and working collaboratively with others.
Creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking are three of the Four C's of the 21st Century Skills for gifted students as defined by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The final C is communication. In addition to experiencing their students come alive with hands-on problem solving, teachers will also receive supplemental creativity and problem solving tasks in order to continue to improve their students’ creative and critical thinking skills.

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Hands On Problem Solving

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School:
Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Darlene McLean 
 
All 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers 
Students Impacted:
192 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
September 15, 2014

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $1,930.00

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Goal

"Creativity is Intelligence having fun”, said the great Albert Einstein. It takes a certain amount of inquisitiveness, courage, creative thought, and ingenuity to be a problem solver. I want to inspire this type of thinking and problem solving in our students at the newly opened Gulf Beaches Magnet School. The HoPS program is unique and well-structured to give all students of varying ability and cognitive levels an enriching experience that forces them to think differently, while practicing technical reading skills, following directions, and working collaboratively with others.
Creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking are three of the Four C's of the 21st Century Skills for gifted students as defined by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The final C is communication. In addition to experiencing their students come alive with hands-on problem solving, teachers will also receive supplemental creativity and problem solving tasks in order to continue to improve their students’ creative and critical thinking skills.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will demonstrate cooperative team building skills in order to successfully complete various tasks at the HoPS (Hands on Problem Solving) competition. They will need to develop their own instinctive creativity to problem solve as a collaborative unit, and will be assessed by the HoPS rubrics.
Students will evaluate themselves with a final survey and write reflections. Due to this real world application and practice with critical thinking skills and problem solving, students will have forged an experience they will never forget.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Visitors from the Education Foundation and the Area Superintendent have witnessed the level of engagement throughout the competition at another elementary school in the past. They were impressed with the problem solving and critical thinking needed to complete the tasks. I have had the pleasure of hosting this type of competition at my former school, so I know full well how the students react and respond. The students’ parents who volunteer during the event have raved about its level of complexity and fun, and wanting the program to come again. Competitions such as this help students’ attention to detail (reading and following directions), as well as boosting motivation, critical thinking, and cooperative team performance, all vital skills for a successful elementary school career and beyond. 
 

 

Describe the Students

There are 186 second, third, fourth and fifth grade students at Gulf Beaches Elementary. This is our inaugural year as the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, a uniquely qualifying school for such an innovative program! Our students have come to us from all sections of education: other public schools, home schooled, private schools, and charter schools. Among this population we have 8 ESOL students, 27 Exceptional Education students, 26 gifted students, and 147 free/reduced lunch students (48%).
60% of the students scored a 3 or better in reading and 55% earned a 3 or better in math. 
Gulf Beaches Elementary has not had the opportunity to demonstrate state test scores as a school yet, but the socioeconomic status of half our students is middle class.
 

 

Budget Narrative

There is a $10 fee per student for participation in the HoPS competition. This includes the competition and awards.
 Each child will need a permission slip/photo release which needs to be printed, along with post-event rubrics and evaluation sheets. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Printing costs: permission slips, rubrics, etc. $10.00
2 $10 fee per student for HoPS $1,920.00
  Total: $1,930.00

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