is a program for academically gifted and talented students in grades
seven and eight. Through an awareness of different learning styles
and an emphasis on creative problem solving, divergent thinking and
higher order thinking skills, MAXTAP provides for the special needs of
these students as a daily elective. Experiences are provided which
help in decision making, conflict resolution, values clarification,
teamwork, and awareness of self and others.
MAXTAP units provide the opportunity for in-depth study
with an emphasis on the process of research and development.
Utilizing traditional approaches in combination with the creative arts
and technology, students become active participants in their own
learning process. Students have choices in their specific areas of
study and the in the selection of the products which will be the
outcome of their study. They work in small and large groups, as
well as develop individual projects and products.
The evaluation process in ongoing and focuses on
students' growth toward MAXTAP goals. Students and teach join to
evaluate projects and products independently and collaboratively through
individual student/teacher conferences, group discussions, and written
evaluation. For each topic of study, specific criteria and rubrics
are developed which both teacher and students use to help determine the
level of excellence achieved.