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Middle

Grades 6-8
Each middle school selects from the following service options after assessing its AIG student population and academic needs:

GEMS (Gifted Education for Middle School) Cluster Class
In this service option, the identified AIG students are clustered for instruction in math and reading with other academically capable students (see guidelines). The cluster classes are enhanced by more rigorous reading and math activities that extend beyond the NC Standard Course of Study. Cluster classes are taught by the endorsed regular classroom teacher, with guidance from the AIG licensed teacher. The school’s AIG teacher teaches a maximum of two cluster classes. The AIG teacher also supports the regular cluster classroom teachers by providing various AIG instructional materials, books, and activities.

Sixth Grade Cluster Classes (AIG Reading and AIG Math)
Seventh Grade Cluster Classes (AIG Reading and Compacted Math)
Eighth Grade Cluster Classes (AIG Reading and Math I)

Compacted Math and Math I Classes provide challenging math instruction for those students motivated and academically prepared to take the classes in middle school. Compacted Math and Math I classes follow the Standard Course of Study and the Math I End-of-Course test is administered to students. Math I students receive high school credit.

GEMS Resource Class
In this service option, students come out of the regular classrooms to participate in activities with the AIG teacher in the areas of reading, math, critical and creative thinking, and writing. Research projects are and completed and the Junior Great Books Reading Program is used to strengthen students’ literacy and cognitive skills. AIG Resource at this level is typically offered in schools with low enrollments of AIG students.

GEMS Hybrid Service Option
In this hybrid service option, instead of serving as teacher of record for two classes, the AIG teacher works with all cluster teachers at each grade levels to provide differentiated lessons and activities that will enhance classroom units. In this option, the AIG teacher may pull students out of the classroom for some differentiated activities, similar to that in the Resource service option, but spends most of the instructional time in cluster classrooms. In this service delivery model, the AIG teacher serves as an expert in the field of infusing rigorous differentiated curriculum and implementing best practices in gifted education. This option is generally for large AIG enrollment schools

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Published by Shonda Virgil on October 11, 2016
        
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