COLLEEN MITCHELL

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Spring Branch ISD

Ms. Mitchell

This is my 18th year of teaching in Spring Branch ISD. My mission is to support the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. Approximately 800 children spend one day per week in a challenging program, at the Bendwood campus, that increases reasoning and accelerates learning though the development of multiple intelligences, leadership characteristics, and higher level thinking skills. Working together, we will achieve the vision where giftedness and high potential are fully recognized, universally valued, and actively nurtured to support children from all backgrounds in reaching for their personal best and contributing to their communities.

 

Bendwood offers experiences for gifted and talented students that develop the intellect, encourage achievement, and nurture academic and personal goals. Our students participate in a more elaborate, in-depth study of major topics, and engage in problem solving that integrates knowledge across systems of thought. In addition, our teachers encourage students to demonstrate leadership qualities, high-level practical skills, and a capacity for creative thinking.

 

Curriculum

Language Arts and Reading
SPIRAL utilizes the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The following are certain structures and learning experiences included in language arts and reading

  • inferential reasoning
  • strong text complexity 
  • determining importance
  • large volume of high interest reading
  • research writing
  • note taking

 

Social Studies
Social Studies is taught in units that focus on the impact of economics on communities, state, and nation.   

  • scarcity
  • economic system
  • entrepreneurs
  • stock market
  • design thinking process

 

Mathematics
Math may be integrated into the economics but not limited to :

  • Numbers, operations, and reasonableness
  • Patterns, relationships and algebraic reasoning
  • Probability and statistics

 

Technology
Technology will focus on gathering information, solving problems, and communication through integration in all core subjects.

  • ItsLearning
  • Safe Internet researches
  • Google Apps
  • iPad Apps
  • Google Chrome Extensions

 

Routines and Procedures

  • Homework is given once a week
  • Class work and homework must be neat, legible, and on time
  • Parent signature is required on weekly newsletter
 
Recommended Reading List: Bluebonnet Awards 2020-2021

 

 
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