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

Presenter Bio

Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences
around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and
school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun
and challenging for them as well as his unique sense of humor which comes
through in his classes and workshops. Ed has taught students of all ages and
abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He has a Masters degree
in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed’s work is currently
being used around the world and has been translated into several languages
including Chinese and Korean. 

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

  1. Deedy – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I feel that the presenter offered good insight into teaching strategies that help students be successful in math.

  2. Alicia – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the Nurture Passion ideas.

  3. gabriel – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    There are great strategies to spark children’s interest in math. The ideas shared are something I never thought of, and I have been a teacher for 15 years. I enjoyed the fresh perspective to teaching math.

  4. Joan – COLDWATER EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Not sure I gained much from this course

  5. Robin – RANKIN ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting and challenging!

  6. Terry – HALLETTSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was an interesting way to get student’s attention.

  7. Judith – BOLING ISD (verified owner)

    very interesting

  8. oscar – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course

  9. ALBINO – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  10. allyson – CLEBURNE ISD (verified owner)

    It was short and concise and engaging

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