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Differentiated STEM Activities & Assessments for Gifted and Talented Students

Presenter: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of LearningCore Area: Differentiated CurriculumGrade Level: Elementary & SecondaryHours: 6Just like peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate, sometimes three things can go together in perfect harmony. In this course, STEM, differentiation, and practical application come together to create relevant and useful applications in your gifted and talented classroom. Add to Cart or Click Here for District Pricing View Course Demo [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Challenging the Hidden Gifted Underachiever

Presenter: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of LearningCore Area: Nature & Needs | Differentiated CurriculumGrade Level: Elementary & SecondaryHours: 6Underachievers have many reasons (or excuses) for not working up to their full potential. Some of them are easy to identify in the classroom. However, there is a little-recognized group of hidden underachievers, who are easy to miss because they hide in plain sight.  Add to Cart or Click Here for District Pricing View Course Demo [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Creativity x 4

Presenter: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of LearningCore Area: Creativity and Instructional StrategiesGrade Level: Elementary & SecondaryHours: 6Two recent studies have shown that creativity in students has been on the decline since 1990, yet creativity has been identified as one of the four most important learning and innovation skills for the 21st century. Reverse this trend in your classroom with activities that encourage creative problem solving.Add to Cart or Click Here for District Pricing View Course Demo [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Hidden in Plain Sight: Identifying and Challenging the Hidden Gifted Underachiever

Hidden in Plain Sight: Identifying and Challenging the Hidden Gifted Underachiever Have you ever gone around the house searching in earnest for your keys, only to realize that they’ve been in your hand throughout the quest? Or maybe you’ve asked someone if they’ve seen your sunglasses, as their eyes dart up to the top of your head where, yes indeed, your sunglasses have been patiently waiting to reveal your age. Like those keys and sunglasses, sometimes gifted underachievers slip right past us unnoticed. In her 6-hour course, “Challenging the “Hidden” Gifted Underachiever,” Carolyn Coil, Ed.D., shines a light on a specific type of underachiever that is gifted enough to avoid being identified as gifted! Carlyn Coil is a former teacher, adjunct professor, and resource specialist. She is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant. Dr. Coil focuses on Response to Intervention (RtI) monitoring strategies, implementing differentiation in the classroom, [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Gifted Students|1 Comment

The Case for Creativity: Reversing the Decline of Creativity

The Case for Creativity: Reversing the Decline of Creativity What do a Disney animator, a traffic engineer, and a scientist all have in common with 21st century learners? Give up yet? Well, they all use creativity to solve problems and answer questions! While that may sound like a bad joke, the decline of creativity in students is no laughing matter. Recent studies have shown that creativity has been declining in students since 1990. This comes at a time when 21st century jobs require more creativity than ever, just like the three examples above. In fact, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning has identified creativity as one of the Four Cs for learning and innovation necessary for job readiness. The focus on assessment in the classroom, the lack of free time at home and in the school day, and an overemphasis on technology all contribute to suppressing our students’ natural creativity. [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Creativity|0 Comments

Make 2016 the Year of Purposeful Professional Development

Make 2016 the Year of Purposeful Professional Development “Purpose in Life Impedes Impulsivity.” That’s the headline of an article that made the round in gifted social media circles over the holidays. In the article, writer Tom Jacobs summarizes some newly published research, “which finds people possessing a sense of purpose are more likely to make choices that pay off in the long run, and less likely to get sidetracked by the need for short-term gratification.” As an educator, you are very familiar with the idea of impulsive behavior. No matter what grade level you teach, you most likely see impulsive behavior on a daily basis. Impulsivity explains why: Sam never stops talking Gloria is perpetually cutting in line Jennifer has to touch everything in sight George squirms so much that a leg fell off his chair Do you struggle with impulsiveness in your classroom? Children are non-stop case studies in [...]

By | January 5th, 2016|Categories: Social & Emotional|0 Comments