8 Ways to Spark Intellectual Curiosity and Passion in Mathematically Gifted Students


Presenter: Ed Zaccaro, Hickory Grove Press
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1C, 1E; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B, 3C

Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

How can you help gifted children understand that challenges and frustrations are normal parts of the learning process? When you instill a passion for math in your students, it will transform problems into exciting learning opportunities. In this one-hour course from Hickory Grove Press, Ed Zaccaro explains the best practices to help inspire and nurture your gifted students’ interests in math.

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Research shows that thousands of hours of meaningful practice are the key to excellence in mathematics. Because of this, children who are talented in mathematics must not only progress through their curriculum at the proper pace, but they must also be exposed to material that inspires and nurtures their gift.

A failure to find mathematics challenging, interesting, or relevant are significant factors when students lose interest in mathematics. Children who are talented in mathematics must be exposed to material that lights a fire and fuels their gift. This session will give valuable information to help you foster your students’ passion for mathematics.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to nurture a passion for math
  • Important uses for mathematics in real life
  • How to create intriguing worksheets
  • Famous math mistakes
  • The importance of decimals
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Engaging strategies for teaching math to gifted students

Other courses in this series:

10 Challenging Math Problems and Strategies to Successfully Solve Them
Pathway to Mathematical Understanding in Early Childhood
The Missing Part in Most Math Instruction – How to Think Algebraically

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344 reviews for 8 Ways to Spark Intellectual Curiosity and Passion in Mathematically Gifted Students

  1. Thomas – BOLING ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  2. Marcie – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    It was helpful to learn ways to nurture passion.

  3. Rafaela – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I hope to complete more trainings from Mr. Zaccaro. I would love to continue my learning!

  4. Angela – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  5. Alyssa – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    This course was filled with awesome examples and problems that are applicable to my. classroom. The issue I have is that it is VERY repetitive to another course of his that I’ve taken. The same stories and examples were used.


    This course is engaging and thoughtful.


    Yes I agree


    I loved this course!

  9. Barbra – SAN DIEGO ISD (verified owner)

    Great math problem solving.

  10. Elsa – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  11. Eunice – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I really loved this course because it sparks curiosity in Math.

  12. Brandon – TROTWOOD-MADISON CITY (verified owner)

    Informative and full of real life examples

  13. Rebekah – OLENTANGY LOCAL (verified owner)

    I like the conversation about stepping outside intellectual box and the grit of life being a skill that is important to learn. There were some good quote take aways from this course.

  14. Leonora – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    The topic is interesting and engageable for the participants. You will be ask to think beyond the traditional ways of solving mathematical problems.

  15. Teresita – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed listening to Mr. Zacarro. This video is full of wonderful mathematical knowledge.

  16. Kathy – NEW BREMEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the content and the presentation.

  17. Mariana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very nice and intereting

  18. Dionne – Yellow Springs Exempted Village (verified owner)

    This course was helpful but several points were alredy covered in other courses offered within this training.

  19. Adrian – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course, well defined with proper anecdotes that are engaging.

  20. Dina – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Get you thinking too.

  21. Adriana – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting about the different passions of learning math.

  22. Ray – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    some repeated information but some good ideas

  23. Mary – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Very interesting connection to real-world scenarios!

  24. Mark – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Ed brings up very good points about working with gifted math students…… Brick and mortar! Students need to know their basic computations, otherwise they will struggle to reach their full potential.

  25. Brandon – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    A rambling and disconnected series of anecdotes interrupted by mildly interesting math brain teasers. It spent the entire time trying to convince me of an idea I was clearly on board with by signing up for the session, rather than actually providing much in the way of actionable advice for updating existing lessons (save one comment about a worksheet facelift). The gist of the session is “if you want math to be interesting, you should have taught science.”

  26. Jocelyn – GALENA PARK ISD (verified owner)

    It is very enlightening .

  27. Lorraine – Los Angeles Unified School District (verified owner)

    The course was informative and interesting.

  28. Rocio – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course was interesting because gave me more knowledge on how to develop students interest in math.

  29. Brenda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  30. Jeffrey – Bowling Green City School District (verified owner)

    Very good and interesting course. I really liked this cousre.

  31. Jessica – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  32. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  33. Carlos – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Fun and interesting

  34. Brian – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  35. Ashley – Ashtabula Area City Schools (verified owner)

    This course has a lot of various helpful ideas to use in the classroom.

  36. kelli – Bowling Green City School District (verified owner)

    IT was good.

  37. Ervey – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helps me think of ways to make math relatable.


    This is a great course to help students how to create the love and interest for Math.

  39. Bethany – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    very helpful

  40. Sara – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    The instructor created engaging content. It is clear he is passionate about his job.

  41. Patricia – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    I found this course very refreshing, such as why I help others to improve themselves this includes mathematical thinking.

  42. Adriana – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great training.

  43. Hermilo – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I like it.

  44. Armando – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great thoughts on how to make student passionate about math

  45. Delma – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting approadh to teaching and thinkig about mathematics.

  46. Samuel – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    This is helpful and gives really good reminders about how to make math more interesting for your advanced kids. I can see a lot of my GT students being interested in such high-level questions.

  47. Carolina – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative. I enjoyed all the examples used to introduce students into enjoyable math lessons.

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