Overview of GATE Instruction
All GATE students receive comprehensive instruction in the basic skills and the core curriculum with an emphasis on meeting the State’s rigorous and challenging academic standards. Depth and Complexity is used to differentiate learning opportunities that stress the complexity of subject matter, develop greater depth in thinking and reasoning skills, and provide for the creation of new ideas and new products. GATE instruction also assists in the understanding of self and others, and builds on student’s needs, learning styles, interests, abilities, and talents.
The GATE Program is designed to give students the intellectual tools to develop their capacity to become responsible, life-long learners. GATE instruction is the continuous process of enhancing a student’s ability to think, create, and communicate.
The GATE Program currently has two instructional settings:
- Cluster Groupings (Grades 4-5) The majority of GATE students are grouped within the regular classroom setting and receive differentiated activities, integrated into the regular classroom day, from the classroom teacher who meets District certification criteria.
- Part-Time Core Grouping (Grades 6-8) GATE students are grouped at the middle schools for one or more content classes, usually English Language Arts and History/Social Science. Differentiated instructional activities are provided by teachers who meet District certification criteria.
Whether the cluster or core program, GATE teachers use various designs to implement GATE instruction. Some teachers may use an integrated approach to differentiating the core curriculum by extending instruction before, during or after a unit of core study. Teachers may interweave two or more elements of depth and complexity while teaching a specific core content topic or build a bridge between two core content areas or disciplines. Teachers use the differentiated curriculum approach as the primary emphasis in their classroom program.