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Wendy Brake, Gifted and Talented

Brake's Breaking News

2013 - 2014 LSE GT

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If Glogster fails to load, click on my Sqworl link to access GT resources: Click on the first web "tile" to access our LSE GT Webpage.

structures glogster presentation

Brake's Brain Booster Links

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Activity book with DI lessons
Ideas and activities for creativity
Have fun and increase your visual thinking skills
Increase your visual thinking skills with these challenges
LSE GT students will create similar projects
Search engine for media

Program Description

ALPHA = GT Program

In first through fifth grade, gifted & talented students are pulled out of their regular classrooms for two-and-a-half to three hours once a week. ALPHA curriculum includes critical thinking, creative thinking and goal setting activities.

ALPHA 1-2   is designed for identified first and second grade students who have outstanding creativity and intellectual abilities. The program focuses on creativity, technology, independent thinking and beginning research skills.                                                                                                                    

 ALPHA 3-4-5 is designed for identified gifted and talented students in grades three through five. The curriculum includes multidisciplinary, process-oriented, in-depth studies requiring the use of varied technology and research skills.

Parent Information 2013 - 2014

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GT ASSESSMENTS.docx 2/1/2014
Parent Awareness Session_2013.pdf 8/31/2013
Nomination Due Dates 2013-14.pdf 8/31/2013
LSE GT Recommendation Form_13_14.pdf 8/31/2013
Bloom.pdf 10/27/2009
Microsoft Word - bright vs. gifted.pdf 9/5/2008
Microsoft PowerPoint - icons[1].pdf 9/4/2010
Microsoft Word - Scholarly_behaviors.pdf 9/5/2008

Leon Springs ALPHA


Hello! I am Wendy Brake and I am  thrilled to be the ALPHA (Gifted and Talented) teacher at Leon Springs Elementary School.  My primary focus is to challenge and meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the students who are identified as gifted and talented.

I LOVE TO LEARN!     I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Southwest Texas State University and received my Reading Specialist certification from the state of Texas in 1995. Since then, I have accumulated hundreds of hours of professional development by attending workshops and state and national conferences. I will always have a thirst for more knowledge!

I LOVE TO TEACH!   I have taught students in kindergarten through fifth grades in both small group and large group settings. In addition to teaching children, I enjoy working with adults. I have taught family literacy sessions and had the honor of receiving the First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative grant from Laura Bush. I love to teach workshops for our district, the region, and across the state of Texas.  I also enjoy the challenge of teaching education college courses. I have facilitated distance learning courses from Houston Baptist University and have been an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University for 13 years. It is exciting to have the opportunity to teach our future teachers!!

I LOVE TO HAVE FUN!   When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, engaging in creativity projects, and spending time with family and friends. My husband and I are certified scuba divers and we LOVE to travel. So far, we have traveled to Alaska, Illinois, Florida, California, New York, Washington D.C., England, Germany, Italy, France, Belize, Egypt, India and the Cayman Islands. We are always looking for adventures! Bindi, an affenpinscher and Anubis, our Carolina dog, are our "furry" children that add joy and energy to our busy lives.             

I LOVE ADVENTURE!   The NISD GT theme for the 2008-09 school year was Biome Interactions. My husband and I were fortunate to take a Reef & Rainforest trip. Our adventure included exploring the reefs, caves and rain forests of beautiful Belize. Scuba diving in Belize was a dream come true!  Click on the link under "Brake's Blog..." to view our Belize Reef & Rainforest Adventure video. All LSE GT Scholars received a post card from beautiful Belize!                  

The NISD GT theme for 2009-10 was Exploration. My husband  and I explored pyramids, temples and museums in Egypt and went scuba diving in the Red Sea. Click on the link under "Egypt" to see a video of our amazing Egyptian Adventures. All LSE GT scholars received a post card of the beautiful Egyptian pyramids and King Tut. Visit to see the blog entries that our LSE GT students read during the trip.

The theme for 2010-11 was Structures. My husband and I explored Mughal architecture, including the famous Taj Mahal, in India during our Christmas vacation. All LSE GT scholars received a post card of the Taj Mahal. 250 LSE GT family members participated in a downtown architecture field trip, We walked and cruised on a river barge as we searched for architectural features on our architecture scavenger hunt.

During the 2011-2012 school year our theme was Change in the Twentieth Century! Almost 200 LSE GT Family members experienced a fantastic Texas Train Trip Adventure! In July of 2012, I had the opportunity to attend NASA's LiftOff training for an entire week. I met with astronauts, engineers, and scientists!  Resources from this training, my GT cluster team mates, and our NISD GT curriculum were all used to teach the 2012-2013 Systems in Space Theme. Over 300 people attended our space-related Family Field Trip. It was a "blast!"



Gifted & Talented Links

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Resources & Activities for GT
Texas Education Agency definition of GT
Information for parents
Inventory of learning preferences
M.I. online quiz

Exploring Space

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Ancient Wonders of the World
Advanced rollercoaster activities
Architecture, Building & Construction Links for Kids
Structures Blog
Interactive site about Eiffel Tower
Structures from the past and present
Use for I-Search
Free design & 3D modeling tool
Some of the World's Greatest Structures
Inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau's Cabin
copyright friendly websites
Royalty Free photography
Explore the websites and/or complete your WebQuest activity sheet
Numerous links for skyscrapers, bridges, dams, towers and more!
Web lessons & resources for teachers and students
2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Science, Shapes, Nature, & Fun Structures

Brake's Blog, Video, Wiki, Podcasts & Scavenger Hunts

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This site converts a long URL into a tiny URL and never expires.
What exactly are we doing? What's a podcast?
Brake explores the Biomes in Belize!
Disappearing Destinations
Interactive Wiki for LSE GT Students
Interactive website
Video for EcoChallenge
Free music for Presentation projects
Resource for our podcasting and video projects
Scavenger hunts through primary sources
resource for podcasting and videos
National Geographic - maps, information & more!
Wiki for LSE GT students

Private Eye

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Microsoft PowerPoint - Private_Eye_Introduction.pdf 12/16/2008


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Mrs. Brake sees pyramids, tombs, temples, mummies, rides camels in Egypt and SCUBA dives in the Red Sea!
Explore the WebQuest created especially for our LSE GT Scholars
Interesting Information & Great Games

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OLLU ED. 4345 & 4345G

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Bio cube from Read Write Think org.
All OLLU materials are available on the Blackboard Learning System.
Read, Write, Think org. printable flip book
Templates for gameboards
Type in your spelling words and practice in fun ways
Games and Strategies from Building Academic Vocabulary Robert J. Marzano & Debra J. Pickering
Fun way to reinforce vocabulary

FIRST Lego League

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Add your comments & share your resources for our project here!
Numerous Links for Lego Construction
Engineering and Robotics Curriculum
Step by step guide for NXT programming
activities, resources, etc. for Smart Move
Links for NXT programming
Past & Present Challenges & Board construction
Information about the Robot Missions
Activity PDFs & Transportation Web Resources
Transportation Security, Programming, Building, Curriculum
Quick Start programming for the NXT
Step by step guide to programming the NXT
Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
Transportation Solutions
Blog with numerous ideas for our Robonaut mechanical & technical engineers

Robotics & My Favorite Razzle-Dazzle Links

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Link to the motivational movie
Amazing weblist
Fun games that reinforce core curriculum concepts
Tons of fabulous fun games
Kathy Schrock's guide
Links for students, teachers and parents
Transportation links
Change over time - information
Organized by Grade Level
students track their balance as they make deposits to and withdrawals from a savings account
Fun math site!
Site with numerous web resources
Combine five number cards using the four arithmetic operations (+, –, ×, ÷) to arrive at a "target" number.
Great links to math games & activities
Create your own posters
ology comes from the Greek logos, meaning the "study of" something
Addictive Logic & Math activity
Fun and challenging logic puzzles
NXT building instructions
Robotics resources from Hanover High School
Exhibit information about robotics
RCX & NXT construction
Building & teaching resources
Lego programming & engineering
NXT online tutorial
Fun interactive game about various science topics
Helpful links and search engines
Interactive activities for our SmartBoard
Field Trips to coordinate with all subject areas
Creative site for our "language of the discipline"