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  • Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • This bundle contains five 6-hour courses by Lisa Van Gemert, each addressing a different core area and aspect giftedness.
     
  • Finding the time to get new G/T teachers trained can be challenging. This 30-hour package was created to get your new teachers started as quickly as possible! It’s five courses in one, taught by one of the leading minds in gifted education, and available online 24/7.
  • Presenter: Brian Housand, Ph.D., East Carolina University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Technology is everywhere and for many teachers, understanding technology can be like trying to understand a new language. It can be difficult to learn, let alone know which tech tools are worth using in the classroom and how to use them. In “60 Tech Tools in 60 Minutes,” Dr. Housand gives us a crash course on tools that you can use in your classroom. It only takes an hour to figure out which tools you can use for your classroom. Just imagine being able to leverage one of these tech tools and what it can do for your classroom. Your students will get more out of their experience and your teaching career can be even more fulfilling!

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Kathryn Pabst
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Secondary
    Hours: 1


    It is critical that college bound gifted students develop strong writing skills that they can fluidly translate across content areas, apply to critical thinking, and verbal communication skills. In this course, you will learn how to craft an AP language class around a central theme and pull many examples of modern and historical literature.

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  • Presenter: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    There is a big difference between being argumentative and fine tuning the skills of argumentative writing. In this workshop-style course, you will learn the basics of excellent argumentation and how to teach your students to support their claims in writing using texts, topics, and evidence.



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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies|Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    How do you evaluate G/T strategies in the classroom when none of your instruments are designed for them? Discover user-friendly ways to get a clearer picture the next time you assess gifted strategies in the classroom.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    “I'm bored!!!” This is a dreaded phrase for parents and teachers alike. But there is more to it than you might realize. Boredom itself is an extremely interesting topic to study, and understanding it better will help you engage students in meaningful ways and overcome the mental block that boredom can cause. In this 1-hour course, Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., explains the research on boredom and how to conquer it in the classroom.  


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  • Presenter: John DeLandtsheer
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    As a teacher and administrator, Mr. Delandtsheer has come to embrace the philosophy “Whoever does the work gets smarter.” He explains, we may need to revisit the type of work that is required of students and how we view them in order for our children to succeed in the 21st century.

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  • Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    What good is a tool if we do not teach a child how to use it? If information is a tool, critical thinking skills are the key to making that information useful for our students. In this course, you will learn how technology in the 21st century has changed the way G/T students interact with information and how it helps them build critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.  



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  • Presenter: Bob Iseminger
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Can you imagine driving a race car with only bicycle brakes to stop you? In this digital age, our students' brains have been trained like race cars by the volume and speed of information that they have been processing since a very young age. But what happens when they must slow down and process information in a non-digital setting, like a classroom? In this course you will learn how to identify the effects of digital media on students and how to apply proven methods for adding depth and complexity to your AP and pre-AP classrooms.

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    While we have spent energy on finding and implementing a variety of procedures to ensure that gifted children from poverty are identified for our gifted programs, much less energy has been put into building the skills for success that will enable them to flourish in the gifted program. In this course, Dr. Juntune explores strategies to change the way we work with low-SES students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Children who are raised in poverty or low-income households are much more likely to drop out. Gifted children raised in poverty are particularly at­ risk. But that doesn’t have to be the case. These children can all succeed. They can go to college. They can do wonderful things if someone will take the time to build their complex language skills and verbal memory.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Brenda Davis
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    They say hindsight is 20/20, but what if you could make clear sense of a situation or subject right when you needed to? The Six Thinking Hats strategy is a straight-forward, memorable tool to help you think effectively and clearly, without relying on the benefit of hindsight, and it’s a perfect critical thinking skill for G/T students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Gifted students can be found in all walks of life. With more than seventeen percent of Texans living in poverty, it is vital that educators understand the different perspectives and challenges that create achievement gaps for gifted students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Learning how to close these gaps for gifted students can help you set them up for success throughout life.


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  • Presenter: Ashleigh Murphy &; Nancy Bryant, Katy ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    , Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary
    Hours: 1

    Are you ready to create an out-of-the-box literature program? Using children’s books in the classroom isn’t just a good way to increase vocabulary and teach literacy. There are other ideas that can be taught through literature too

    The course “Creation Stations: Engaging the Primary G/T Learner,” will teach you how to create a literature program that will help students engage in creative thinking, critical thinking, and communication skills.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area:
    Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Leave behind the glitter and glue dots. Creativity in the classroom is less about art projects and more about helping students develop creative thinking skills. In this six-hour course, “Creativity and Instructional Strategies,” Lisa Van Gemert guides teachers through an in-depth look at how to bring creative instruction into their classrooms. Discover resources, inspiration, and knowledge that will make educators excited about teaching with creativity.

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  • Presenters: Dr. Richard Cash & Dr. Katherine McKnight, Learner Innovations
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    The speed of information and access to it has transformed the way we relate to learning in the 21st century. However, creativity still has an important role to play in student learning, particularly in literacy learning. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., and Katie McKnight, Ph.D., team up for this informative and fun 3-hour course on how to use creativity and improv to improve literacy learning. 




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  • Presenter: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Two 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.

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  • Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3
     

    Genius hour is an out-of-the-box venture that allows students to take charge and follow through with a project that will impact their community. Students have total ownership from the initial stage of research, to collaborating with an expert, to carrying out the project with passion, and sharing it with the world--or at least Snapchat! Learn how to make genius hour an exciting part of your class.

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  • Presenter: Richard Cash, NRich Educational
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Fostering high levels of thinking, valuing process over product, and creating a framework for evaluating complex information are some of the topics covered in this comprehensive course. Find out how you can implement these effectively for your gifted secondary students!

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1
     

    Are great teachers born or made? In this 1-hour course Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., answers this question and offers inspiration that will pump you up to become the best teacher you can be. Spoiler alert: you have what it takes!

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  • Presenter: Andi McNair
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    If what we’re teaching isn’t meaningful to our students, it’s a waste of our time and theirs. This is one of Andi McNair’s core beliefs, and in this lesson she invites you to join her in exploring what matters most to our students, why it matters to them, and how we can change the way we teach in order to ensure we reach them before it’s too late. 

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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 6

    Knowledge is no longer a competitive advantage. The job market is flooded with applicants who possess the knowledge necessary to complete a job. However, in today’s world creativity and creative thinking are the skills that prepare our students for success. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., is passionate about teaching educators to both inspire academic achievement and develop creative thinking in the classroom.   



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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3
     


    When do gifted students, and all students, learn and flourish? They say a student doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As a teacher, the way to show this is by building relationships. When you foster learning relationships in your classroom, every student will begin to flourish. There are specific skills and strategies that help promote successful learning partnerships.

    Dr. Joyce Juntune not only teaches you those strategies, she helps you create a roadmap for your classroom. Once the skills are in place you can trust students more to do something on their own initiative!

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum/Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondar
    y
    Hours: 1  

    In “Differentiation Made Easy Low Prep Potpourri,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., offers a variety of activities to help you differentiate across content areas in your classroom. From listening centers to more organized activities like Sociograms, which help students connect ideas in books, each option is low-prep and easy to execute!

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Let’s be honest — when it comes to helping students reach their full potential, social capital matters. The fear of losing it can be a serious barrier for some students, especially students of color. In this course, Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, lays out engaging and provocative strategies for addressing this critical issue.
  • Presenter: Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours:
    1

    Encouraging creativity in the classroom is more important than ever before. Creativity is no longer a concept isolated to art and music, it should be integrated into every discipline taught in school. Find out how to provide students a safe environment for creativity, opportunities to flex creative muscles, guidance and modeling in creative risk taking, and encouragement in creative. 

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: David Sebek, GT Innovators
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    The internet has changed the way we do life. Not only are students learning in new ways, they must also be prepared for a future that is developing so rapidly, we cannot know what it will be like for them.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it: use game design and theory to maximize student engagement. All of us desire to engage in something bigger than we are—an epic mission taking us on a journey to a new place. Our students are no exception. In this course, Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., teaches you how to use gamification to solve a problem and engage your audience in new ways.


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  • Presenter: Benny Hickerson 
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 1

    Given the challenges facing society today, we need our G/T students stepping into leadership roles and offering creative solutions more than ever before. When we provide the right instruction and an atmosphere that encourages creativity, our students don’t have to wait for the future to begin making a difference; they can help change the world today!

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Nicole Shannon, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    What makes a student, or anyone for that matter, successful? You might be surprised to find that it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, good looks, or even IQ. The one trait that sets apart the mediocre from the truly exceptional: Grit. But grit can be a tough concept to teach to your gifted students. Get tips and strategies to encourage perseverance and growth-mindsets in your class.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Small group instruction is something that all teachers are expected to do but that few feel they were taught to do effectively — especially at the secondary level. This course from Lisa Van Gemert teaches practical small group strategies you can easily implement in your classroom, allowing you to embrace small group instruction with excitement and confidence. 

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Imagine this vibrant learning scene: groups of students, working busily to accomplish tasks within their groups, all listening and engaging together. That is the utopia of small group learning. However, it takes more than arranging a few desks and handing out instructions for this ideal learning situation to occur. Planning and strategy are necessary. In this course, you will learn how to set up groups for success and how to assess their effectiveness.


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  • Presenter: Jennifer Leal, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Students begin their journey as readers with simple phonic lessons, but even with the apparent ability to read, many grow and struggle to garner meaning from text - a skill that goes far beyond identifying words. Learn how to recognize reading skill gaps and how to teach your gifted students to think critically about the texts they read.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 3


    Creativity is elusive. It’s hard to put a grade on, or test for creativity. As a result, it is often devalued in traditional learning environments. Bob Iseminger believes that infusing creativity back into our classrooms is essential for the success of our gifted and talented students.

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  • Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Learning centers are a wonderful way to bring interactive, engaging learning into your classroom--and they are perfect for differentiated instruction. But how do you know if you're making the most of your learning centers? In this helpful course from Katie McKnight, Ph.D., you'll get strategies and a helpful checklist to make your centers effective. 
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  • Presenter: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    Do you want your students to listen to the voices in their heads and carry around toolboxes? It sounds crazy, but active, independent readers do just that! Join trainer Katie McKnight, Ph.D., and learn how to fill those literacy-toolboxes with skills that will open up a world of meaning for your students.


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  • Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    If teaching is 10-percent asking students questions, and 90-percent inspiring them to ask questions, then you’re going to need to make your technology use 100-percent meaningful. Who has time for busy-work anyway, -even if it’s done on an Ipad? Learn how to maximize technology and apps to engage your students and prepare them for life after graduation.

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  • Presenters: Dr. Emily Mofield,  Sumner County Schools in Tennessee & Dr. Megan Parker Peters,  Lipscomb University, TN
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    “Mindset” is a buzzword among educators, but many of us are holding onto misconceptions about mindset, its use, and its power. Join presenters Dr. Emily Mofield and Dr. Megan Parker Peters as they share a broadened view of psychosocial variables, including mindset, and how these play a role in talent development. 

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  • Presenters: Dr. Emily Mofield,  Sumner County Schools in Tennessee & Dr. Megan Parker Peters,  Lipscomb University, TN
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1  

    With the world at their fingertips, why does your gifted child shy away from challenges? Learn how you can help your children stretch out of their comfort zones, take risks, and reach new heights and potential.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1
     

    Unpacked bodies mean unpacked brains! Fidgeters and non-fidgeters alike benefit from dynamic movement-based learning. Join Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T, for creative strategies to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom. 



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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Planning 1.2, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.5
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Have your critical thinking and deeply engaging learning activities left you feeling discouraged? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. In this 1-hour course, “Planning for Critical Thinking - The Practical Tools to Avoid Disaster,” lawyer and educator Colin Seale shares practical tools you can use to avoid a critical thinking disaster in your classroom. Discover how to use SMART goals and check for understanding in every critical thinking lesson while nurturing higher order thinking in your students.

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  • Presenters: Amy Willerson & Tara Nyikos, University of North Texas
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Glue! Paint! Glitter! And tiny scraps of paper everywhere! If those images give you anxiety, this 1-hour course will provide a framework for creativity in the classroom that will put your mind at ease. Not all creative learning activities have to be about arts and crafts. Discover how to activate and support your students’ creativity, and learn how to grade the process, not the end result.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Katherine Harrison, Kathryn Pabst Schaeffer, Ed.D.
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Secondary 
    Hours: 1

    There is a far more engaging and effective way to teach high school English classes to gifted students than the common approach of teaching each class as a stand-alone unit. By merging Pre-AP English 1, 2 and AP Language into one cohesive program you can gain the maximum benefit for students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    When questioning ceases, the learning stops. Questioning allows your students to build the habit of curiosity. In education, sometimes we think learning is all about the answers, but there is also an art to teaching students to be inquisitive. Great questioning is best taught by teachers who model great questions. This course shows you how.


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  • Presenter: Daniel Brillhart & Nicole Shannon
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    In this course, participants will learn about how TAG (Talented and Gifted) students can be served within the regular classroom without simply “adding more work”. This course offers ideas for creative literature circles, adding depth and complexity, and introducing non-standard problem solving. The presenters share projects and products and include demonstrations of specific instructional activities in language arts and mathematics.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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