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We are T.A.L.O.N.S.

The Academy of Learning for Outstanding Notable Students is a program for gifted students who think just a little bit eccentrically, or differently, as the school district defines us. We are a group of select people who have the opportunity to do things we wouldn’t normally be able to do in a classroom, and instead of reading a text and memorizing information, we are the kind of people who want to learn how to apply it. We spend our classes doing the most unconventional things, from playing ice breaker games outside, to doing science experiments in a pond that nobody knew existed. If you haven’t already gathered it, we like to be hands-on. We find course work redundant, and we would love to see how animals interact in an ecosystem, rather than read about it in a text book.

Defying Normality is a good motto for us; we exist outside of the confines of the typical high school student persona. We have the freedom to be who we want to be, and to express ourselves in whatever way we choose. This allows us to ‘Defy the Normalities’ of high school life. T.A.L.O.N.S. is for the unique learner, and we strive to highlight our diversities.

This blog is a way for us to let you all know what we are up to, and it is a great way to connect with other student bloggers. We each individually have our own blogs, but this is more a way for us to collectively share our ideas with the world. You will see posts about anything under the sun, be it a bus ride or a novel reflection. Just like no two T.A.L.O.N.S. students are the same, no two styles of writing, or posts will be the same, so check back frequently to see what is new in the T.A.L.O.N.S. world.

You can keep up with us in a variety of fashions, including Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, Youtube, and our individual blogs, listed individually below, and available as an RSS Bundle (What is RSS?). We also employ wikispaces in our online collaboration in English and Social Studies.

Blog Bundles 

Subscribe to each of the following blog bundles by copying the link and pasting them in a service such as Feedly, or Flipboard

Grade Ten Blogs

Grade Nine Blogs

Comment Bundles 

You can follow the discussion that has begun across the TALONS blogs by subscribing to each of these feeds, as well. 

Grade Ten Comments

Grade Nine Comments

TALONS Facilitators

Grade Tens

Grade Nines

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2010 6:30 pm

    I am really looking forward seeing what “Defy the Normalities” entails. I love the new presentation!


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