Gifted and Talented use Critical Thinking Skills at SJHS

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A group of students at Springville Junior High was taken out of classes on October 7th and October 8th for an activity requiring critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. The purpose of this activity was to “develop communication and problem-solving skills by working in groups, using higher-level thinking skills, while having fun in the process,” said Mr. David Hansen, Gifted and Talented supervisor at SJHS.  The students participating in the activity were given a problem, and they had to solve the problem using common items. According to Mr. Hansen, the success rate of this activity was excellent.

I enjoyed “using my imagination in this activity,” said Clifford Wylie, a ninth-grader who participated in the activity at SJHS. The solutions to the problem varied a lot, some were a lot very creative and complex, others were simply straight forward to solving the problem.

The selection for these activities were based off of specific categories in the Iowa Test scores students took in fifth grade. According to Mr. Hansen, the selection for the group was tight, so some of the students who did deserve to be in the group could not be invited.

Students and supervisors seemed to love this simulation activity. All and all, this activity seemed very successful.

Cody Woolsey, SJHS Staff Writer