Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner

Presented by: Diane Heacox, Ed.D. Author, Educational Consultant, Professor Emerita, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
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Not all gifted learners are productive students. Not all are “A” students. Some perform exceedingly well in a single curriculum area but appear to be average in others. Some gifted students establish a perplexing pattern of doing well or doing nothing. Some are reluctant, even resistant, learners refusing to play the school game.

In this webinar Dr. Diane Heacox, Ed.D. explored well-documented research on underlying causes of low performance and create distinctions between non-producers, selective producers, and underachievers among the gifted populations. Teachers often struggle to reach students who actively or passively resist engagement in learning. Dr. Heacox identified behaviors that distinguish students who are having motivational issues. She also discussed which behaviors are necessary for success in the classroom and how to remove barriers to learning, giving students more opportunities for autonomy. Learn how to diagnose specific performance issues how to take specific and targeted courses of action.