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Welcome to my class!  My name is Anne Cagle, and I teach 4th and 5th grade S.P.O.T.L.I.G.H.T at Pleasant Hill Elementary.  I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi.  I received a BS degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MA from the University of Memphis.  I taught in Jackson and Southaven (DCES) before accepting my current position at Pleasant Hill fifteen years ago.  I have been married to Brian Cagle for 23 years.  Brian and I have an fifteen year old son, Samuel, and a twelve year old daughter, Sarah Whit.

In S.P.O.T.L.I.G.H.T. we will explore thematic units in which we will incorporate the areas of gifted education.  These elements include creativity, communication, research, thinking skills, leadership with group dynamics, social and emotional development, and performing arts.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions about classroom activities, unit material, or field trips.  

Parents are THE most important people in a child's life and I look forward to working with you for the benefit of your child.  With school and home working together, I know that each student can have his or her most successful school year yet! 

Anne Cagle 


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Please note the following 'Common Myths and Truths about Gifted Students':  

Common Myths about Gifted Students:

*Gifted Students are all a homogeneous group, all high achievers.

*Gifted Students do not need help, if they are really gifted they can figure it out on their own.

*Gifted Students are self directed, they know where they are heading.

*The social and emotional development of Gifted Students is at the same level as their intellectual development.

*Gifted Students need to serve as examples to others and should always assume additional responsibility.


Truths about Gifted Students:

*Gifted Students are often perfectionistic and idealistic.  They may equate grades and academic achievement with self-esteem and self-worth, which sometimes leads to fear of failure and interferes with achievement. 

*Some Gifted Students are 'mappers' (sequential learners), others are 'leapers' (spatial learners).  Leapers may not know how they got the right answer.  Mappers may get lost in the steps leading to the right answer. 

*Gifted Students are problem solvers.  They benefit from working on open-ended, interdisciplinary problems.  For example, how to solve a shortage of community resources or how to implement a recycling program in their area.  Gifted Students often refuse to work for grades alone.  

*Gifted Students often think abstractly and with complexity, therefore they may need help with concrete study and test taking skills.  

Adapted from College Planning for Gifted Students, 2nd ed., by Sandra Berger.


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