Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

Understanding gifted children is serious business. They sit in our schools and sometimes go unidentified or remain underserved. Understanding the nature and needs of gifted students empowers teachers to meet their needs and prepare them for success.

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One of the most important foundational aspects of working with gifted students is developing a deep understanding of them. What motivates them? How do they think? And how do they learn? Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. answers these questions and more in this 6-hour course. Dr. Juntune focuses on the nature and needs of gifted students, including the characteristics, social-emotional needs, and programming options. Understanding your gifted students is the starting point for preparing them for life-long success. 

In this course you’ll learn to:

  • Understand sources of energy in gifted students
  • Identify indicators of giftedness
  • Differentiate between high achievers and gifted students
  • Understand statistical distribution
  • Identify the four types of gifted students
  • And much more!

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 5.5.

Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate­-level  courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Dr. Juntune earned her master’s degree in curriculum instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.

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2716 reviews for Nature & Needs of the Gifted and Talented (6-Hour)

  1. Carolina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Wow very eye opening to understand what GT students think and act like.

  2. Kristina – HUGHES SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative, great refresher

  3. Priscilla – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course has helped me identify gifted students as well as given me ways to help them

  4. Lorena – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    4 this course gives accurate and helpful information for teachers to understand and implement effective differentiation to Gifted students. It also provide multiple resources to help teachers serve this community of learners.

  5. Kimberly – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I found this course helpful. As a second year teacher I was unaware of the ways I could better teach my students. Thanks to this course I am ready to incorporate my learning.

  6. Melissa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great informative training.

  7. Amber – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This course is very informative and will help me better serve gifted students placed in my classroom.

  8. Lindy – SAN ANGELO ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

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  10. Brooke – Private Pay (verified owner)

    5 stars! Very informative.

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