Ateneo EDGES Program
Education for Elementary Gifted Student

This is an Academic Support Program for the Intellectually Gifted students of Ateneo de Davao University Grade School. Providing this group of students with opportunities to perform novel tasks and learning conditions early in life can help them discover the patterns and relationships they can use to adapt to the changing conditions around them. Students identified as gifted are provided services designed to meet their specialized educational needs with consideration given to individual learning styles, interests and aspirations

Program Goals

The Ateneo de Davao University Grade School Academic Support Program for the Gifted strives to ensure the continued development of the potential of the gifted students through the following goals:

1. To provide an instructional program which encourages students to become independent learners, effective problem solvers and creative thinkers.
2. To provide a curriculum that gives opportunities for students to maximize their learning potentials.
3. To prepare students higher levels of learning.

Who are the gifted?

Ateneo de Davao University Grade School adapted definition

Gifted children are those who perform well on qualitative and quantitative instruments that measure giftedness in both aptitude and achievement and have the capability to learn at greater depth more quickly and that they may have interests which may predate those of their peers. (Areti (1976), Parke (1988)). A three fold process was used in identifying the gifted Phase I - Screening stage ,Phase2 -Identification Stage, Phase3 -Placement Stage.

I. Science -Ateneo EDGES Program

The Science Program for the gifted is inspired by Renzulli who developed a sequence of activities which begins with exploration of many potential areas of interest, leads through series of exercises, drills, experiments and games in which students may refine skills necessary for the development of thinking skills and feeling processes and finally challenges the gifted students to conduct an in-depth investigations of chosen areas of interest (Tuttle 1989).

The curriculum focus of Science for this program is the systematic development of thinking abilities of the students to pursue investigation of area of interest, draw generalization from many exploration activities and produce quality work. The program permits pupils to approach larger, more authentic scientific problems using-data -collection and other scientific tools. The program employs a modular approach. The program assumes some kind of differentiated instruction necessary for the gifted individual.

II. Science Objectives

The Ateneo de Davao Grade School Science Program for the Gifted would like the pupils

1. to value the learning as an end to itself and not as a means of getting reward such as approval, grades and high test scores.
2. to develop pupils who are mastery -oriented, learning -oriented and task -oriented.
3. to apply scientific method to the problem of discovering how technology affects our lives and how we could manage technology innovations to support social values.

III. Catholic Jesuit Education and the Science Program for the Gifted

The Science Program for the Gifted adhere to the objective of Jesuit education to assist in the fullest possible development of all God given talents of each individual person as a member of human community.(CJE 1.1 paragraph 25)

To realized this, the program provides opportunities for the students to master their own learning; to translate into action their own ideas thereby producing projects which has social relevance.

The Science Program for the Gifted adhere to the objective of Jesuit Education to instill a joy in learning and a desire to learn that will remain beyond the days in school. (CJE 2.3 paragraph 46)

The program's objective is to develop learners who value learning as an end to itself. The program will try to translate CJE 2.3 into classroom practices that will enable students to be constructors of their own knowledge thus motivating them to become independent learner and assume the responsibility for his or her own education.

Moreover, the Science Program for the Gifted adhere to the objective of Jesuit Education to help students realize that talents are gifts to be developed, not for self -satisfaction or self-gain, but rather, with the help of God, for the good of human community.

The program commits itself to providing students opportunities to discuss, examine and take a stand in social issues brought about by scientific advancement; examples are issues that posed environmental problems and other health hazards in the environment.

IV. Nature and Scope


For Grade VI-Elementary Physics
Grade VI Gifted Program was designed to intensify students skills for making investigatory projects. Students designed investigation will be on level 3. There are more experiments about light and energy and magnetism to understand better 2001st technology. The four modules in this program are the following:

Module 1 - Scientific Inquiry
The objective of this module is to assist the students in their application of the investigatory skills in conducting actual investigation on topic related to Physics

Module 2 - Energy and Lights
In this module, students will explore forms of energy and energy transformation, discover how some types of energy are transferred by waves, and explore sources and types of light and how it interacts with different materials. Pupils are given a chance to try out exciting experiments on optical illusions. At this point students are expected to design investigations using physics concepts and mathematical explanations.

Module 3 -Forces and Motion
Module 3 will let pupils investigate how forces and motion play a role in our daily lives. Explore technology involve in producing electricity and how it is used. Pupils will take a closer look at the physical laws that explain how objects move.

Module 4-Radiation in our living Environment
Everyday we experience different forms of radiation because around our living environment are naturally- occurring radioactive materials thus this module was conceived. The pupils will learn from this module the different forms of ionizing radiation in our environment. They are expected to understand the use of radiation in the environment and the society. The pupils will use the net in their research on risk involved in the beneficial application of radiation. They will create a presentation on the dangers and destructions brought about by using nuclear materials from data gathered from the net in order to formulate recommendations on regulating the use of nuclear materials.


Activities

Viewing Exhibit of the Mobile Science Centrum


Magic Mirror
 

Teacher Cris and Teacher Kathy with EDGES students


Busy minds at work
 

EDGES students having a good laugh


Grade IV EDGES Students with teacher IVY
 

Grade V EDGES Students with teacher Cris


Ateneo EDGES students with Ma'am Deng


Ateneo EDGES students enjoying the bus ride
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