Demisha Stough

Biography

Demisha Stough- I am the gifted specialist for Selma city Schools grades 6-8. I have been teaching in the Selma School System for 29 years. In 1989, I began my teaching career at Payne Elementary School teaching third and fourth grade. Next, I taught fifth grade at Meadowview Elementary School for one year.  The following year the School of Discovery was created and I moved to sixth grade to teach math.  Most of my teaching career was spent at SOD. In 2013, I became the middle school gifted specialist. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, a Masters of Education degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama, and a Masters of Education degree in Gifted Education.

I am married to Charles Stough. We have two children and three grandchildren. I attend Elkdale Baptist Church. In my spare time, I love being with my family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and watching Alabama Football!

Gifted Overview

I service 6-8 gifted students in a weekly pull-out program ranging from 4-5 hours per week.  As recommended by our ALSDE Gifted Specialist, my lessons are geared toward the unique needs of gifted learners.  We utilize Alabama Standards and Student Outcomes for Gifted Education as a guide for developing lessons and tracking student growth during the three year period they are in my class.

Objectives for each week remain the same throughout the school year.  However, individual activities aligned with each objective change based on student interest surveys, independent investigation, difficulty level, and attendance.

Weekly Gifted Objectives—Alabama Standards and Student Outcomes for Gifted Education

=        Critical Thinking—Critical thinking is a process by which students identify, analyze, and evaluate information in order to make decisions, solve problems, and establish beliefs based on evidence.  It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities. 

o   Examples:  Perplexors, Doo Riddles, Associative Reasoning, Quotation Quizzlers, Word Winks

=         Deductive Reasoning—Logical thinking and deductive process that goes from general to specific, Problem Solving, Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Examples: Mind Benders, Scrabble Tournament practice, Visual Spatial Skills, Chess Tournament practice.

=         Concept Based Units  Examples: Identity Matters, Money Matters, Patterns, Engineering, Gardening, Forensic Science, Roller Coasters, Stock Market

=        Creative Thinking Talents Unlimited—Productive Thinking Talent- Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, Elaboration, and Sythesis of information, Decision Making Talent, Planning Talent, Communication Talent, Forecasting Talent, Creative Problem Solving Activities, and Problem Based Learning

=        Bibliotherapy  Novel Units Forged by Fire, Tears of a Tiger

=        Affective Development/Social Emotional Skills  Lessons from The Gifted Kids Survival Guide for Middle Schoolers, Circle and Share Time, Current Events

Contact Information:

RB Hudson                                         School of Discovery

1701 Summerfield Road                     400 Washington Street

334-874-1675                                      334-874-1670

School of Discovery Genesis Center

400 Washington Street,
Selma , AL 36701
Phone: (334) 874-1670 | Fax: (334) 874-1674
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