(959 customer reviews)

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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Your students are all exceptional people, but what if their future success was more connected to their mindsets than to all of their amazing, gifted skills? Research is showing mindset to be the ultimate predictor of success, rather than skill. Trainer Nicole Shannon has found that students with growth-mindsets, and a sense of perseverance and grit, fare better than their equally gifted peers.

This course will help you:

  • Understand why gifted students are prone to negative, fixed mindsets
  • Learn to “hear” and reframe fixed-mindset thoughts
  • Encourage growth-mindsets in your students

Ms. Shannon has over 18 years of experience in gifted education. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Gifted/Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD and  has taught in the district for 10 years before taking the position. Previously, Shannon has served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school principal at private schools in Hawaii, California, and Virginia. She has presented to pre-service and in-service teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents on a variety of topics in gifted education. Shannon received her Bachelors of Science degree in ALD from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently completing her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a specialization in Gifted/Talented at Lamar University in Beaumont.

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959 reviews for Grit, Perseverance, and Mindset

  1. Nicodemus – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent explanation on fixed vs growth mindset.

  2. Leticia – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the course.

  3. Audrey – GROVEPORT MADISON LOCAL (verified owner)

    I think a balanced course may reflect the idea that poverty *does* have an impact on student learning and it’s not just “grit” that is the singular predictor of success.

  4. Christine – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    This course helped me expand on the meaning of GRIT. More strategies or examples of growth mindset to use in the classroom could have been included in all age/grade levels.

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