Curriculum and instruction in GT classes will be differentiated to meet the needs of advanced learners.
The Gifted & Talented Program offers four content courses. These courses are both accelerated and enriched. Detailed information about the Middle School Gifted and Talented Curriculum can be found at this link.
Students who are new to Howard County will be tested, if requested, when enrolled at Burleigh Manor. Parents may request GT testing at the time of registration by emailing the school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at Robyn_Page@hcpss.org.
Identification for GT classes may, under certain circumstances, involve a placement review. Parents of students who do not qualify for GT content classes through testing may request a placement review. Placement reviews may be requested only after test results have been delivered to parents. Students for whom a review is requested should give evidence in their current course, through superior work and class participation, that they use outstanding abstract reasoning skills to construct thorough and well developed responses in written assignments, projects, and discussions — over and above what is expected of on-grade-level students. A written request for a placement review must be emailed or submitted to Ms. Page within 2 weeks of receiving the test results.
Students who are selected for GT placement will have work samples that demonstrate that they use advanced level abstract reasoning skills in the subject; that they understand at an advanced level the relationships between the concepts presented in the materials; and that in evaluating and interpreting the material, they take a position which is supported by facts and information from the text they have read.
GT Instructional Seminars are designed to extend student interests. Students develop a broad range of advanced-level skills in an area of their choosing. Seminars include Book Club, Debate, STEM, and Future City. G/T Instructional Seminars offer enrichment opportunities for any interested student, regardless of participation in G/T content classes.
These seminars meet during the school day and are scheduled on a rotating basis. A calendar will be published at the beginning of each quarter so that students participating in seminars will know of seminar meetings in advance. Students who participate in a band, chorus, or orchestra sectional may enroll in one GT Instructional Seminar. Students who do not participate in a music sectional may enroll in up to two GT Instructional Seminars.
In September, students will be notified via the Bobcat News and their Canvas lunch course on how to enroll in GT Instructional Seminars; parents will be notified on BMMS Alerts. To register for a G/T Instructional Seminar, please use the links below to access the electronic registration form for the seminar in which you are interested. Students must be logged in to their HCPSS Google Drive accounts to access the registration forms. If the a link to a registration form does not work, copy and paste it into your web browser.
Questions regarding G/T Instructional Seminars should be directed to the school’s G/T Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at Robyn_Page@hcpss.org.
Book Club - Book Club is for students who love to read and discuss challenging books. Participants will read 8 exciting and thought-provoking books, then meet once a month to share their ideas with the Club. 2-3 students each month will be invited to the Howard County Middle School Book Club discussion at HCPL libraries.
Creative Writing - Students will write poems and short stories to develop their narrative voices, then provide feedback to each other through the Writers Workshop proccess. Creative Writing Seminar students are encouraged to submit their completed poems and stories for publication in the county's Our Voice literary magazine, as well as other publication opportunities.
Debate (ends mid-March) - Debate Seminar provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful, persuasive discourse about contemporary issues, thereby strengthening their leadership, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Students use research skills to develop logical arguments supported with evidence to be applied to debates following a prescribed format.
Film Production (ends mid-April) - Students engage in the filmmaking process from start to finish to make short films using a variety of techniques. All participants are encouraged to submit films to the HCPSS "Movies that Matter" Film Festival in April. Please note that students in this seminar will need to provide their own filming device (i.e. a camera, phone, or tablet) as the school has limited resources.
Future City (ends mid-January) - In the Future City Seminar, students will work in teams to "imagine, research, and design cities of the future" (https://futurecity.org). Participants will choose to be on Future City competition or non-competition teams. Please note that the competition team option will require some after school and weekend meeting hours. Information about both team options can be found on the registration form.
Model United Nations - Students interested in learning about world politics, diplomacy, research, and public speaking should join the Model United Nations (MUN) G/T Instructional Seminar.
Photography (ends mid-January) - Students will use the elements of photography to create artful photographs, with an emphasis on photojournalism. Photography Seminar students are encouraged to submit their photos for publication in the county's Our Voice art magazine. Please note that students in this seminar will need to provide their own photography device (i.e. a camera, phone, or tablet) as the school has limited resources.
STEM - Students interested in developing their talents in STEM areas such as computer programming, film, robotics, 3D printing, and more, should enroll in the STEM Seminar. STEM Seminar students will design a STEM project of their choosing to be carried out, resulting in a final product that will be shared with an authentic audience.
Television Production - Television Production Seminar students are asked to think and work like media producers, utilizing the media production process and industry-standard tools to entertain persuade, inform, and instruct. The broadcast serves as an example of a high-quality product wherein students emulate practicing professionals in the field. Students who register will be trained for tech crew positions, or as special segment reporters.
The school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Page, at Robyn_Page@hcpss.org or by calling 410-313-2507.