Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B, 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6C
Grade Level: Secondary
Hours: 1

When it comes to adding rigor to gifted instruction, many educators simply increase the workload of their gifted students. Education specialist Lisa Van Gemert says that this is an ineffective approach, and instead of focusing on the quantity of work offered, educators should focus on the quality instead.

In this 1-hour course, you’ll learn the best ways to increase rigor in the classroom without adding lots of extra work. 

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For many educators, the idea of adding rigor to their gifted students’ instruction means simply increasing the amount of work they do. Education specialist Lisa Van Gemert calls this a travesty and says that this approach effectively punishes gifted students for their abilities.

Ms. Van Gemert suggests that the best way to add rigor to gifted education is to focus on the quality of work rather than the quantity. This way, gifted students will be challenged academically without having to do lots of extra work.

In this 1-hour course presented by Gifted Guru, you’ll learn the best ways to add rigor to your gifted instruction.

The course is full of strategies you can use in your classroom today like:

  • Rubrics for rigor
  • Chart examination
  • The writer’s toolbox
  • Magical musical tour
  • Storybird
  • And much more

Presenter Bio

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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81 reviews for Increasing Rigor in the Secondary ELA Classroom

  1. ROBERT – WASHINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Excellent instructor. Her explanations were thoughtful and engaging.

  2. CHERYL – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Fabulous course. It was informative and gave numerous strategies to use in the classroom.

  3. Jeannie – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Love the presenter because she had everything organized as to what she wanted to say and for the first time, i have a much better understanding of rigor.

  4. Piper – CLEBURNE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was FULL of resources and ideas!

  5. Michael – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    Great course, showed me awesome strategies I can use on all assignments.

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    Too long…

  7. Christienne – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    5-stars; full of great ideas and resources; presented by an absolute expert on the subject

  8. Carla Mae – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I have taken five courses in this platform and this is BY FAR the best!! The facilitator was fabulous. She was credible. Her ideas were fun.

  9. Cassandra – PEARLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I liked that the course offered specific suggestions that can be immediately implemented.

  10. Mario – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    10/10 Highly recommend, I have learned so much, I took more than an hour completing it to reflect on the ideas, gave actual sources and strategies, I hope to implement these in the 20-21 school year, in whichever way it may present itself

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