Motivating the Gifted Underachiever

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Motivating the Gifted Underachiever


Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Gifted students are a lot like snowflakes; no two students are alike. While one student might need very little encouragement to excel, motivating the next might feel like trying to wring sap from a tree with bare hands. There’s no sweeping answer to motivation, but there are prescriptive strategies that can help to encourage the gifted underachiever.

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When it comes to inspiring underachieving gifted students, a one-size-fits-all approach just won’t work. In this course, Lori Comallie-Caplan helps parents and teachers understand some of the root causes of underachievement. She offers suggestions on how to create a climate that fosters motivation, and then, how to sustain that motivation once students find it.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • Frequent reasons for a lack of motivation
  • Definitions of underachievement and selective achievement
  • How to recognize different types of underachievers
  • Specific recommendations for each type of underachiever

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, and 5.5.

Ms. Comallie-Caplan is a New Mexico Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Educational Diagnostician with a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling. Additionally, she holds Advanced Certification for Mediation from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Comallie-Caplan has 30 plus years of experience in the field of counseling, coaching evaluation, mediation and educational consultation. She is best known for her work with gifted individuals through the lifespan and frequently provides professional development for school districts and mental health professionals in the social emotional needs of the gifted.

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