Welcome to Mrs. Ross's Pathways class.I am excited about the new school year in Pathways. I have many exciting, interesting things planned for this year.Teaching Position: Gifted 4th and 5th gradesYears Experience: 34 yearsDegrees: Bachelor of Elementary Education from Valdosta State College, 1984Masters Degree in Elementary Education, USM, 1989Gifted Endorsement, Mississippi CollegeWe are beginning the year with a study of endangered animals.The students will research an animal on the endangered listand share the information in a Power Point or other creative way.The kids continue to work logic problems and play a variety of games that require them to think differently. They have been learning the steps in the Creative Problem Solving process as well as playing chess and learning new strategies for winning at chess. We will soon begin our yearly chess tournament to determine who the best chess players are. This is always fun with lots of friendly competition.Chess is important for many reasons. It exercises both sides of the brain, improves memory, and reinforces critical thinking and problem solving skills that are a core part of the Pathways program. Some studies have shown that playing chess can actually increase IQ scores. So, if you play chess, please practice with your child. There are websites where you can play on line as well as numerous CD’s that teach how to play chess.We are continuing to build robots in Pathways. We are planning totake some of the robots to competition laterin the year.
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