Feats and Flops

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National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award-Winner, 2017

Feats and Flops is a brilliantly-conceived course that is at once suitable for general education and for the commercial curriculum of students who are not headed to college. It is eminently fitted for the engineering portion of STEM education for college-bound students, and it is challenging for gifted students. It obliterates the boundary between STEM and arts education, becoming in the process a course in which the differences between the two disappear. It is highly flexible and can be implemented with children at any point from nine years of age through junior college. Moreover, it is inexpensive to adopt.

Jason McIntosh received his doctorate in gifted, talented, and creative studies at Purdue University, with research interests in program evaluation and curriculum development for gifted learners. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served as a gifted pullout teacher, program coordinator, and regular classroom teacher for a combined total of 15 years. He is nationally board certified in the area of middle childhood generalist and has received two master’s degrees in elementary education and the art of teaching. Jason serves on the executive committee for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) and the Local Arrangements Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and has worked with the Diné, Lakota, and Ojibwe tribes to identify and serve high-potential native students. 

Dr. MacIntosh says: "My eleven years of experience in the classroom plus four years coordinating a gifted program and three years of research experience with the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University have taught me three great truths. First, all students deserve to learn something new every day. Second, the artificial ceilings we place on students need to be demolished. Third, bright students need different work, not more of the same."

National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award-Winner, 2017

Feats and Flops is a brilliantly-conceived course that is at once suitable for general education and for the commercial curriculum of students who are not headed to college. It is eminently fitted for the engineering portion of STEM education for college-bound students, and it is challenging for gifted students. It obliterates the boundary between STEM and arts education, becoming in the process a course in which the differences between the two disappear. It is highly flexible and can be implemented with children at any point from nine years of age through junior college. Moreover, it is inexpensive to adopt.

Jason McIntosh received his doctorate in gifted, talented, and creative studies at Purdue University, with research interests in program evaluation and curriculum development for gifted learners. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served as a gifted pullout teacher, program coordinator, and regular classroom teacher for a combined total of 15 years. He is nationally board certified in the area of middle childhood generalist and has received two master’s degrees in elementary education and the art of teaching. Jason serves on the executive committee for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) and the Local Arrangements Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and has worked with the Diné, Lakota, and Ojibwe tribes to identify and serve high-potential native students. 

Dr. MacIntosh says: "My eleven years of experience in the classroom plus four years coordinating a gifted program and three years of research experience with the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University have taught me three great truths. First, all students deserve to learn something new every day. Second, the artificial ceilings we place on students need to be demolished. Third, bright students need different work, not more of the same. My goal is to help you better meet the needs of the high-ability students in your classroom."

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Feats and Flops: Teacher Guide

Subtitle: Innovation and Product Creation for Solutions to Real-World Problems

Author: McIntosh, Jason S.

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Curriculum; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Pages: 129

ISBN: 978-0-89824-688-9

Order code: 6889

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award-Winner, 2017 

The teacher/parent manual consists of 36 lesson plans and 24 handouts, as well as pre- and post-tests. The overarching goals of the unit are to enable children to solve real-world problems and to transform themselves from passive consumers into active innovators, makers, producers, and shapers of their world. Children use the engineering design process SCAMPER and a new tool called My Maker’s Map to innovate solutions to both hypothetical problems and personal situations in their own lives. By the conclusion of the unit, children will have created a prototype for an invention of their own, gone through the steps of founding a company and applying for a patent, created a marketing campaign, and participated in a simulated Shark Tank Junior Edition television show to raise funds.

Essential handouts are printed as appendices and are also available as free downloads. Besides the student workbook, there are special apps created by the author to add depth to the lessons. 

For the prestigious curriculum award given by the NAGC, the reviewers praised the course for its emphasis on student choice, for the alignment with standards, and for it being a well-planned and well-organized unit about innovation. They also liked that the unit includes enough detail to make it accessible by most instructors.

National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Award-Winner, 2017 

The teacher manual consists of 36 lesson plans and 24 handouts, as well as pre- and post-tests. The overarching goals of the unit are to enable students to solve real-world problems and to transform themselves from passive consumers into active innovators, makers, producers, and shapers of their world. Students use the engineering design process SCAMPER and a new tool called My Maker’s Map to innovate solutions to both hypothetical problems and personal situations in their own lives. By the conclusion of the unit, students will have created a prototype for an invention of their own, gone through the steps of founding a company and applying for a patent, created a marketing campaign, and participated in a simulated Shark Tank Junior Edition television show to raise funds.

Essential handouts are printed as appendices and are also available as free downloads. Besides the student workbook, there are special apps created by the author to add depth to the lessons. 

For the prestigious curriculum award given by the NAGC, the reviewers praised the course for its emphasis on student choice, for the alignment with standards, and for it being a well-planned and well-organized unit about innovation. They also liked that the unit includes enough detail to make it accessible by most teachers, not just the “gifted trained” teacher.

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Feats and Flops: Student Workbook

Subtitle: Innovation Notation Notebook

Author: McIntosh, Jason S.

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Curriculum; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Pages: 30

ISBN: 978-0-89824-689-6

Order code: 6896

Price: $10.00
Website price: $7.50

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 6896S

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The student workbook is essential for the implementation of the Feats and Flops course. Most importantly, it is where children develop their ideas and chart their progress through the process of creating a product, developing a marketing plan, producing advertising, applying for a patent, creating a company, and generating funding.

The student workbook is essential for the implementation of the Feats and Flops course. Most importantly, it is where the students develop their ideas and chart their progress through the process of creating a product, developing a marketing plan, producing advertising, applying for a patent, creating a company, and generating funding.

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Feats and Flops Set

Author: McIntosh, Jason S.

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Pages: 159

Order code: 6889S

Price: $50.00
Website price: $35.00

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The set comes with one teacher manual and one student book offered at a discounted price.

The set comes with one teacher manual and one student book offered at a discounted price.

Feats and Flops Set Cover

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