John Glenn Middle School

SchoolDistrict 622

Young Scholars
 
The Young Scholars program is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. It offers advanced learning opportunities to students who are underserved in traditional high potential programs. First grade through 5th grade students are identified through observation in problem solving lessons in the classroom, evaluation of work done for those lessons, and meetings with school staff. Once identified, those students receive enrichment lessons from the Young Scholars teacher. Due to the structure and time constraints at the middle school level, 6th grade placement in the Young Scholars program is based on the elementary teacher recommendation to continue or be exited. The middle schools meet with students in slightly different formats. For more information on this, please check your student's school web page.
 
All students in the Young Scholars program are engaged in lessons that reinforce the following thinking skills:
 
  • Divergent Thinking 
           Students learn brainstorming techniques to develop a variety of possible solutions to given problems.
           Students practice using fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration; the characteristics of divergent
           thinking.
 
  •  Convergent Thinking  
            Students learn deducting and analytic thinking skills to solve problems. They use comparing and
            contrasting as well as classifying techniques. They will use graphic organizers to sort and classify
            information.
 
  •  Visual/Spatial Thinking
            Students learn to manipulate shapes and to solve problems. They learn eventually that they can
            manipulate shapes mentally withouT concrete devices. They will identify patterns and analyze
            shapes in detail.
 
  • Evaluative Thinking
            Students learn to develop criteria for evaluating possible solutions in a given problem. They will
            learn to base their decisions on factual criteria not just an opinion. 
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