By Layla Heninger
Cactus Canyon Junior High’s talented and gifted students are working on a project just like the would in any other class. The thing that makes it unique, though, is that the teacher is not picking the content. Each student is choosing what he or she wants to learn and honing their skills in that area.
Rachel Mangum the TAG teacher wanted the students to have the opportunity to work on skills of their choice because it makes the content relevant and improves learning. They practice their skill for about 30 minutes a day and show what they have accomplished to the panel of reviewers.
“I want them to understand how to develop new skills and to have the opportunity to work hard at it,” said Rachel Mangum.
Some of the most interesting skills students are picking include Morse code and taking machines apart and putting them back together. TAG student Julia Valgento chose to work on her writing skills, while Autumn Miller chose to learn sign language.
“I wanted to pick sign language because if I’m in a situation were I need to do sign language I know how to do it,” Miller said.