Teaching Like Lucy – Taking Advantage of the Five-Minute Opportunity

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Teaching Like Lucy – Taking Advantage of the Five-Minute Opportunity


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

What do a rice bin, a music CD, and a bag of rocks have in common? They can all be tools to create trust and connection between you and your gifted students! Join trainer Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., and learn how make the most of those unexpected pockets of free time, and build relationships with your students.

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Busy-bags are all the rage with mothers of young children–they’re just a collection of activities that are easy to grab, low-prep, and able to amuse little hands and minds for a few minutes. Lisa Van Gemert’s five-minute opportunity strategies are a “bag of tricks” for educators to pull from, but rather than keep the student occupied, the strategies are meant to help you build a relationship and connection with them in those rare unfilled minutes.

This course will help you:

  • Get strategies to build a connection in a short amount of time
  • Understand the importance of trust for G/T students
  • Use music to create smoother transitions in your class
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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