The Newton-Conover AIG Program facilitated a “Nurturing for Giftedness” workshop on February 24for forty-three kindergarten – 3rd grade NCCS and Catawba County teachers. Ms. Sarah Hennessey, Discovery teacher from Cumberland County, presented activities, strategies, and challenges that can enhance creativity and critical thinking in the primary grades. The workshop proved to be an exciting and beneficial event for teachers, providing a myriad of “make and take” materials for classroom use. Ms. Hennessey’s theme, “Things aren’t always what they seem,” resonated with teachers as they discussed the diverse characteristics of gifted learners, especially at an early age.
Feedback after the workshop was very positive as teachers began scheduling sharing sessions at their respective schools. One South Newton kindergarten teacher, Leah Hayes, had this to say about the session:
“I learned so many wonderful strategies to use with all students regardless of their academic levels! Ms. Hennessey gave me a new perspective on differentiation. I quickly realized that my parameters are keeping students from exceeding my expectations!