A.I.M. (Activating Inquisitive Minds)

    Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. My name is Colleen Gavin and this my 11th year in education, 6th year at Anderson, and 1st year teaching AIM.  I earned a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Elementary Education with an additional certification in Gifted and Talented Education. I have two mini Austrailian shepherds who I adore. Winnie is 2 years old and Binx is 6 months old. When I'm not working, I love to decorate, craft, shop, and spend time with my family and friends. This is going to be an exciting year in AIM!
    Contact information:
    Monday AM - Anderson Elementary 6th Grade AIM
    Tuesday AM-  Anderson Elementary 4th/5th Grade AIM
    Wednesday - Anderson Elementary 1st/2nd Grade AIM (mornings) 3rd Grade AIM (afternoons) 
    Thursday -    Bolin Elementary 5th/6th Grade AIM
    Friday -        Bolin Elementary 4th Grade AIM
    STEAM Guidelines
    • Students gain new skills and a deeper knowledge of integrated science, math and art collectively applied to a real problem.
    • The engineering design process is the driver for finding solutions to the identified problem.
    • Engaging, inquiry-based instructional approaches are used and research is incorporated.
    • Students work in teams to find solutions, and multiple solutions are possible.
    • Technology is used or created. 

    Gifted and Talented Focus:

    Critical Thinking Skills, Analytical Reasoning, Productive and Creative Reasoning, and Problem Solving

    Our thinking processes will include critical thinking, creative thinking, inductive/deductive reasoning, social skills, spatial relationships, research, and communication skills.

    We will be “Activating Inquisitive Minds” during the school year by engaging our students with curriculum opportunities designed to maximize their growth and potential for life-long success as a gifted learner.

    The AIM program provides a homogeneous grouping of identified elementary (K-6) gifted and talented students that is designed to maximize their potential through in-depth and complex exploration of interdisciplinary studies that both extend and enrich the regular classroom. AIM is a pull-out program where students are clustered in a classroom with a gifted and talented specialist teacher. Our AIM curriculum serves to integrate Language Arts/ Social Studies and Science/ Math through a rigorous, relevant, and enriched extension of the regular classroom.

    The Allen ISD Gifted and Talented program is designed to be an enriched academic extension of the classroom where gifted students are provided with exciting opportunities to learn, discover, and make real world connections with other gifted and talented students. 

    Allen ISD Gifted and Talented website link: https://www.allenisd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=291

    Allen ISD Gifted and Talented email: Gifted@AllenISD.org
    Allen ISD Gifted and Talented office fax: 972-727-0434