GEMS at Thelma Barker Elementary
GEMS (Gifted Education in Madison County Schools) is a program where students are engaged in learning activities that stimulate their mind and allow them to dive deeper and broader into subjects and content. Students are allowed to explore "out of the box" ideas and test theories and hypotheses in conjunction with specific units of study. Students collaborate with each other and use their strengths to enhance the learning experiences for their classmates. Some students excel in creativity, while others are more analytical. Each student benefits from the group dynamics while working on special projects as students are able to pair those creative tendencies with practical application in a real-world problem.
The GEMS theme for the 2017-18 school year is "Adventure." Students are exploring 5 main instructional units including Solve It! Problem-Solving Strategies, Electricity, Mysteries and Enigmas, Quirkles-Science Explorations, and Middle Ages.