Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner


Presenter: Dr. Diane Heacox, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Sometimes students fall short of expectations. They may get lazy or forgetful. But what about specific students that you know are consistently performing well below their potential? In this course, Diane Heacox, Ed.D., draws on her extensive experience working with this population of students. You will learn how to identify them and how to increase their interest and passion in academics.

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Who exactly is the classic underachiever? Do they have a discipline problem or motivation problem? Diane Heacox, Ed.D. helps you identify students that may be achieving below their potential. You will learn what to look for in low-performing and underperforming students and how to inspire them toward academic success. Dr. Heacox provides specific interventions for different types of students that will help you get them back on track!

In this 1-hour course, you will uncover:

  •     Discipline issues vs. motivation issues
  •     Factors affecting underachievement
  •     Interventions for underperforming gifted students

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147 reviews for Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner

  1. Josefina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Taking this course has been enlightening to my education career. The training is right on the issue and provides strategies I can use with my underachievers. Thank you.

  2. Barbara – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    Instructor had interesting information.

  3. Melissa – Defiance City Schools (verified owner)


  4. Jennifer – CHISUM ISD (verified owner)

    I was pretty good. A lot of info

  5. Alma – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course

  6. Melissa – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    This is a great engaging course.

  7. Jocelyn – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome and very informative!

  8. Carl – EULA ISD (verified owner)

    Great information.

  9. Jenifer – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful in learning about the types and reasons for underachievement in gifted students. It gave some helpful ideas to combat this and to encourage their own learning.

  10. Melissa – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  11. Lewis – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Great info-very relatable.

  12. Alexa – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    I learned a lot about many students I’ve taught!

  13. Caitlin – Bedford City School District (verified owner)

    I liked the presenter – her examples and way of speaking were relevant and held my attention.

  14. Scott – EARLY ISD (verified owner)

    Good info on underperforming students.

  15. Angie – WAYNE TRACE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very valuable for helping teachers begin to differentiate between discipline and motivation problems. I am looking forward to working with my student to see what factors might be preventing his focus and achievement in school. Valuable tips. Highly recommend.

  16. Lauren – CLEAR CREEK ISD (verified owner)

    Great information!

  17. Emily – CLEAR CREEK ISD (verified owner)

    It had a lot of good activities and was presented workshop style.

  18. William – Springfield City School District (verified owner)

    I appreciated the span of interventions we can use to motivate GT students, and how they focus on certain factors that affect a student’s mindset.

  19. Melody – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    This course was informative in understanding the differences between motivational issues and behavioral issues.

  20. Troy – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    It was OK. Most of what was discussed wasn’t just about gifted students. It was really about all people. I would consider it common sense. The suggestions about what to do toward the end are nice, but not always possible because you can’t cater to every student’s different interests and abilities when you teach 130 kids a day. What one student is interested another isn’t so, you have to try to find things that large numbers of students are interested in to get them more engaged in the work. That way you will affect the most students.

  21. Porfirio – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This is course is very valuable to learn and gives insight as why some students are not motivated to learn. By showing the students that they matter and the teacher cares, they will hopefully see that and try their best to learn the material.

  22. Kelsey – BOLING ISD (verified owner)


  23. La Tonya – MANOR ISD (verified owner)

    My son is GT and it really helped me understand him better.

  24. Mark – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    course is great, strongly enrourage anyone to take it !

  25. Mary – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent information.

  26. Elma – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The course was helpful to understand and differentiate between motivational and behavioral issues with students. As educators we must do learning meaningful and challenging, so students can emerge and find their talents.

  27. Eva – DUNCANVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Good Course!

  28. Maria – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    After listening to the presenter, I feel I will be able to identify when a students is not motivated to learn. I will apply the interventions she suggested for those students who are gifted but are not motivated.

  29. Ariana – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course is great!!

  30. Cindy – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  31. Stephanie – SWEENY ISD (verified owner)

    Good course.

  32. Zulema – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas to motivate the underachieving GT student.

  33. Maria E. – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Valuable information and scenarios.

  34. Mark – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    Parts were informative

  35. Keith – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    It was a good presentation that gave many ideas on how to handle underachieving students.

  36. Priscila – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  37. Pia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting course!

  38. Alfredo – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course. It really opened my eyes as to why gifted students do not perform as GT. Even though I knew what could be some underlying reasons as to their underperformance, this course really helped me understand better.

  39. Maria – SAN PERLITA ISD (verified owner)

    It felt very lengthy for a one hour course.

  40. Carolina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative.

  41. tom – GREENEVIEW LOCAL (verified owner)

    Excellent speaker on the topic of gifted and underachievement.

  42. Arrie – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    I liked gaining some insight into why some of our GT students don’t reach for success.

  43. Angela – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    Handouts and Presentations notes were easy to follow. I like the added Student Interview Idea and Questions. This platform is getting easier to navigate the more classes I am taking.

  44. Stacy – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    She is a fabulous presenter!!! I would love to have more sessions done by her!!

  45. Melanie – GARFIELD RE-2 (verified owner)

    I liked this course but it would be nice to be able to download the handouts.

  46. Tina – MONTGOMERY ISD (verified owner)

    Clear, concise and applicable to all grade levels.

  47. Tammy – MONTGOMERY ISD (verified owner)

    It was a good refresher on motivating underachievers.

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