Welcome to SIGNET!
Welcome to the SIGNET classroom!
Our unit of study for PBL (Project Based Learning) is called Agents 4 Change: Developing a system to make a modern day change! It is designed to meet the needs of high ability learners, and provides extensions and challenges that go beyond the 4th and 5th grade SOL objectives. Project Based Learning follows our natural instinct and inclination to explore, create, and learn by doing. Our focus questions that will help guide our discoveries are:
What are inductive and deductive reasoning?
How do people and their ideas impact our lives?
What is the process of developing a system to drive change?
Why do we as humans continue to explore ways to change our world?
The SIGNET program at Alvey Elementary offers gifted education services for students in grades four and five who have been determined eligible in a specific academic aptitude area or areas. The curriculum is designed to expand and extend the classroom curriculum while encouraging exploration in areas of interest. The students attend SIGNET class one day per week. Additionally, the gifted resource teacher collaborates with the regular classroom teacher to plan strategies for differentiation of instruction.
The SIGNET class is broken into two main learning periods, each with a specific set of goals:
Learning Centers: These centers are divided into as many as four levels of difficulty. There are many different areas of exploration. Students make decisions by choosing individual topics of interest and are guided through independent study with the use of learning contracts. Center time is a major part of the students' SIGNET time. It provides time for work in a chosen area of interest while experiencing various disciplines.
PBL (Project Based Learning): This portion of the day is devoted to explore authentic, real world events and ideas. Our work will focus and incorporate 21st century skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative innovation. All topics that are included in our work align with state and county standards of study.
SIGNET Mission Statement:
In collaboration with teachers, parents, and the community, all students will be challenged to achieve academic success, personal excellence, and become life long learners.
SIGNET Vision Statement:
Every learner will strive to meet their individual potential.