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"I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison. I want to instill this kind of creative thinking and work ethic in students as well, as to improve technical reading skills. By improving critical and creative thinking skills it will improve students thinking ability. I want to bring back an in-school field trip to Safety Harbor Elementary's third, fourth and fifth grade students. In addition, teachers will receive supplemental creativity and problem solving tasks to continue to improve their students� creative and critical thinking skills. Creativity and critical thinking are two of the Four C's of the 21st Century Skills for gifted students as defined by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The other C's are communication and collaboration.

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HOPS - Hands On Problem Solving

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School:
Safety Harbor Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Barbe O'Steen 
 
Kristen Conley and All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers 
Students Impacted:
311 
Grade:
Date:
August 4, 2014

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $1,000.00

Office of Bob Poth - $1,130.00

PTA Safety Harbor - $990.00

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Goal

"I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison. I want to instill this kind of creative thinking and work ethic in students as well, as to improve technical reading skills. By improving critical and creative thinking skills it will improve students thinking ability. I want to bring back an in-school field trip to Safety Harbor Elementary's third, fourth and fifth grade students. In addition, teachers will receive supplemental creativity and problem solving tasks to continue to improve their students� creative and critical thinking skills. Creativity and critical thinking are two of the Four C's of the 21st Century Skills for gifted students as defined by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The other C's are communication and collaboration. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will develop the creative potential within themselves and work cooperatively. Students will evaluate themselves with an information survey and reflection. Students will demonstrate cooperative team building skills in order to successfully complete real life projects at the HoPS (hands on problem solving) workshop. Students will successful complete the HoPS workshop as measured by the rubrics from HoPS. Due to this real world application and practice with critical thinking skills and problem solving those skills will increase in students. 

 

Benefits to my students

During the HoPS competition last year the visitors from the Education Foundation and the Area Superintendent were extremely impressed with the level of engagement throughout the competition along with the problem solving and critical thinking needed to complete the tasks.
Safety Harbor's reading scores did increase last year (2013-2014). I know this is due in part to the HoPS competition.
Having the competition again will only continue to improve students' problem solving and critical thinking skills. Improvement using these valuable skills will also lead to improvement in reading skills. 

 

Describe the Students

There are 311 third, fourth and fifth grade students at Safety Harbor Elementary.
Among this population we have 23 ESOL students, 29 Exceptional Education students, 84 gifted students, and 139 free/reduced lunch students. 66.4% of the students scored a 3 or better in reading and 58.7% earned a 3 or better in math.
Safety Harbor Elementary earned a state grade of a B. The socio-ecomonic status of the majority of students are 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. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 printing cost for permission slips $10.00
2 $10 fee per student for HOPS for 311 students $3,110.00
  Total: $3,120.00

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