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4/21/09 9:47 PM EBSCOhost Page 1 of 4 Title: Authors: Source: Document Type: Subject Terms: Geographic Terms: Abstract: Full Text Word Count: ISSN: Accession Number: Database: Notes: Back 4 page(s) will be printed. Record: 1 beautiful minds. O'Neil, John NEA Today; Jan2006, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p34-36, 3p Article *TEACHING methods *GIFTED children -- Education *MINORITIES -- Education UNIVERSITY of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.) UNITED States The article focuses on the Mentoring Mathematical Minds program that aims to identify children in grades 3 to 5 capable of handling advanced mathematics developed at the University of Connecticut. It is designed to expand the population of students normally served by gifted and talented programs. Minority students are underrepresented in programs for the gifted according to data collected by the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Education Department. Student participating in the program has posted significant improvements. 1446 07347219 19311313 Academic Search Complete WCU Library owns some of this title Section: FOSTERING DIVERSITY beautiful minds An innovative math program helps change the face of gifted and talented education. "Friendly fractions" are the day's topic, but Alison Foley's 20 fourth-graders can't dig into that concept until they've tallied and graphed their favorite desserts, Votes for ice cream, brownies, cake, and cookies--even a lone vote for cannoli--go up on the board. "What about ice cream cake?" one student asks. "If we were doing a Venn diagram, we could put that in the intersection," Courtney offers. Soon, desks and chairs are pulled aside and Foley's kids use yarn and their bodies to make a human pie chart illustrating their data, then go on to Calculate what fractions result when you add various categories together. Foley's math curriculum--which presents concepts several years above grade level--isn't the only thing unusual about her classroom at Smith School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Smith is one of 10 schools in Connecticut and Kentucky piloting an innovative project, Mentoring Mathematical Minds (Project M ± ), aimed at identifying children in grades 3--5 Capable of handling advanced mathematics. Developed at the University of Connecticut, the program is designed to expand the population of students typically served by gifted and talented programs. Sure enough, look around
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4/21/09 9:47 PM EBSCOhost Page 2 of 4 Foley's classroom--which draws students from Section 8 housing as well as million-dollar homes-- and you'll see students as diverse as their favorite desserts, with Black students elbow to elbow with
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