(3 customer reviews)

Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D.
Core Area: Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.4, Learning Environment 3.3
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

One of the things that makes being a teacher so exciting is the opportunity to have many different students with all kinds of interests in your class. In this course, educator Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., will show you how learning about your students and their diverse interests can help you engage your class and make your curriculum come alive.  


Each of your students has interests as unique as their fingerprints. Getting to know your students and their interests is not only a great way to connect with them, but it’s also an opportunity to tailor your curriculum to incorporate the things they are naturally excited and passionate about. Even the most reluctant student will pay more attention when you present your lessons in a way that builds on what they already know and love. Educator Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., says that tying students interests into your lessons helps your students see real-world applications of what they are learning and helps them stay more engaged in your content.

In this one-hour course, you’ll dive deep into the world of curriculum and learn about:

  • The best ways to discover student interests
  • How to practically organize and remember your students’ interests
  • Tips for incorporating student interests into your curriculum

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joyce 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. She has focused the majority of her career on the areas of intelligence and gifted and talented education. Dr. Juntune has served as the executive director for the National Association for Gifted Children and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. 

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3 reviews for Essentials for Teaching – Tying Curriculum to Student Interests

  1. RLAPI3 – Test District (verified owner)

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  2. Ashley – DENTON ISD (verified owner)

    The course was interesting and offered realistic ways to engage students based on interest.

  3. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)


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