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
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
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.
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
Mind Benders, Scrabble Tournament practice, Visual Spatial Skills, Chess
Concept Based Units Examples: Identity Matters, Money Matters,
Patterns, Engineering, Gardening, Forensic Science, Roller Coasters, Stock
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
Development/Social Emotional Skills
Lessons from The Gifted Kids
Survival Guide for Middle Schoolers, Circle and Share Time, Current Events
RB Hudson School of Discovery
1701 Summerfield Road 400 Washington Street