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Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Reluctant Learner

Presented by Diane Heacox, Ed.D. Author, Educational Consultant, Professor Emerita, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Sponsored by Free Spirit Publishing


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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. explores 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. This session identifies behaviors that distinguish students who are having motivational issues. Dr. Heacox considers which behaviors are necessary for success in the classroom and how to remove barriers to learning, giving students more opportunities for autonomy. Viewers will be guided through a process for diagnosing specific performance issues and Dr. Heacox will suggest specific and targeted courses of action.

This recorded webinar will benefit elementary and secondary classroom teachers, gifted education resource teachers, facilitators, coordinators, curriculum instruction assessment leaders, counselors, AP, IB, accelerated or honors course teachers, gifted education cluster teachers, principals, and school leaders.

Diane HeacoxAbout the Presenter

Dr. Diane Heacox is a national and international consultant and professional development trainer focusing on strategies to increase learning success for all students. She is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education. Dr. Heacox’s first book for Free Spirit Publishing was Up From Underachievement: How Teachers, Students and Parents Can Work Together. Her second book, Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners was updated and rereleased in 2012. Making Differentiation a Habit earned the 2010 Association of Education Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award. Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics, coauthored with Richard Cash, Ed.D., received the 2014 Legacy Book® Award for Educators by the Texas Association for Gifted & Talented.

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Free Spirit PublishingFree Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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