Nature and Needs of the Gifted (6-Hour)


Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

If you’ve ever been baffled by gifted behavior, wait until you explore your students’ brains! Learn the dynamic forces behind their needs and quirks.

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Don’t fall into the trap of relying on outdated stereotypes about gifted students. Join Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., an expert on the social, emotional, and academic needs of G/T students, for a refreshing, fascinating perspective on their unique challenges and traits.

In this 6-hour course, you will learn:

  • A breakdown of G/T terminology 
  • The neuroscience behind giftedness
  • Why some groups of students are more likely to be identified G/T than others
  • How to meet your gifted students’ needs and your classroom goals

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1346 reviews for Nature and Needs of the Gifted (6-Hour)

  1. Carmen – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Excellence course to support gifted students.

  2. Julissa – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful and informative information on the nature and needs of our gifted students and how to understand and support them better.

  3. Cynthia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It is great to learn about how to nurture the needs of gifted students, because they are very unique. Challenges may arrive when teaching GT students, but knowing strategies how to foster their learning is very helpful.

  4. Kaylee – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    Fun and helpful training

  5. Denise – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked how I learned how to deal with perfectionism

  6. Charlynn – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed learning about the brain and ways to support students despite being perfectionists. Some of the resources were applicable and some seemed great for all students.

  7. Aracely – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great information, she is very knowledgeable.

  8. Lauren – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY – AUSTIN (verified owner)

    Very thorough, but very long.

  9. Alma – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It was a rich presentation and I learned a lot.

  10. Morgan – TRINITY (verified owner)

    I have really enjoyed the course so far. I would love to see videos included from classrooms that show GT classes at work and how they might look different from a regular ed classroom.

  11. Kim – TRINITY (verified owner)

    Great information about gifted students and will give an educator background information to react to their gifted students in an appropriate manner.

  12. Ramakoti – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY – AUSTIN (verified owner)

    Excellent strategies and techniques to implement in classrooms.

  13. Nadya – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Good Training, great ideas.

  14. Alejandra – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    This course is really information. You can relate and specific students come to mind when discussing certain characteristics.

  15. Adrianna – ANDREWS ISD (verified owner)

    I thought that it was very enlightening.

  16. Michael – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    The course and instructor were informative and worth while. Suggestion, centralized location of websites and books referenced and recommended for online students.

  17. Amy – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I think this particular lesson gave a lot of insightful information when working with gifted students.

  18. Maureen – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interactive and easy to assimilate

  19. Brian – WHITE SETTLEMENT ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you! Great information and content!

  20. Jennifer – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course and learned strategies that could benefit all students.

  21. Gregory – BLANCO ISD (verified owner)

    This is an excellent course all educators. I learned quite a bit about the gifted and how important it is to identify and serve these students!

  22. Jessica – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    It needs to be updated and not so biased on gender on nation of orgin

  23. Amy – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    good resources, interesting information

  24. Sawyer – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    I don’t feel this was the best use of my time. The resources are outdated and there is a lot of opinions in the presentation.

  25. Keni – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This course is riddled with holes, half truths and fails to target its audience of teachers.
    During this course, Ms. Van Gemert attributed a theory by Betts and Niehart to Annemarie Roeper. She erroneously railed against a misinterpretation of Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and led her audience to believe that Gardner’s thought that his Multiple Intelligences theory did not belong in the schools. Gardner does not believe that LEARNING STYLES theory belongs in the classroom but that is not his theory. She skipped multiple prominent gifted theorist like Gagne and Tannenbaum. She briefly mentioned asynchronous learning but stated that ALL children develop differently (untrue). Actually typical children have synchronous development in the 4 domains while asynchronous learning is one of the key differentiations of GIFTED children. Ms. Van Gemert failed to target this module toward her audience: presumedly teachers of gifted students. She spent a great deal of time on interesting material, like the parts of the brain, and recommendations on how parents should raise their children which only peripherally applied to teachers. In the section on perfectionism she suddenly dropped Barbara Clark’s questioning theory as a solution without giving any explanation of who Barbara Clark is nor how these magic questions are usually used. The Gifted Guru is such a highly respected expert now in the Texas Gifted world that I was very excited to hear her course but clearly she was not quite as knowledgeable when she recorded this course around 2011.

  26. Michele – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    It was eye opening the pressure that GT kids put on themselves.

  27. Maribel – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    It was well informed.

  28. Jaime – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed understanding perfectionism and gifted children.

  29. Jennifer – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I loved the ideas on how to help students that are perfectionists not be so hard on themselves. I also like learning about the brain and how it works.

  30. Cathey – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    This course contained lots of great strategies and ideas on how to provide for the needs of gifted students.

  31. Julie – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the strategies provided for working wit perfectionists.

  32. Fernanda – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I learned a lot about ideas and strategies to use with students. I learned about different theories to help gifted students and students in general, people in the field, brain functions.

  33. Dayna – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    I wish the quizzes told you what the right answer was when you get the question wrong.

  34. Patricia – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Filled with a lot of great information

  35. Rene – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  36. Caryn – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    This course was helpful and engaging.

  37. Timothy – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Its awesome. And I love it. Its a little bit hard but the ideas and detailed analogy and vivid is worth my time and like my colleague said talking about her experience taking this course, this will have a lasting positive effect on my teaching career . Again This course should be made available to every teacher. Ideas here are best practices for all not just for GT classes

  38. Marvin – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

  39. Allison – LEANDER ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the tips that I can use in my classroom right away.

  40. Aimee – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    I’m really interested in this section. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Christina – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great resources!

  42. Natalie – BLANCO ISD (verified owner)

    Lisa is a great speaker. She keeps the pace good and is able to activate my RAS while taking this online course.

  43. Cressa – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    This course is valuable because I’m getting a lot of information that I can apply directly to my classroom. I have more insight into how GT kids operate and what I can do to help them be successful.

  44. Steven – BLANCO ISD (verified owner)

    I thought the course was wonderful! I learned a lot about the brain and I found this area of the course very interesting. My favorite part of this course was how to deal with the negative aspects of perfectionism. I have personally struggled in this area and I found this course to be very enlightening.

  45. Virginia – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course was my favorite so far! It was very interesting learning about the brain and how it affects people and learning.

  46. Brandy – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the course and learned a lot.

  47. Leslene – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course is an excellent one. I have learnt things that I did not know about gifted students and have learnt many strategies to take back to my classroom.

  48. Courtney – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    It was very insightful

  49. Jenny – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I think this was a great course to start learning more about gifted and talented students. The information was provided in a clear and concise way which made it easy to follow along.

  50. Trevor – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    I think this course was the best of all the package thus far. It was very amusing and informative.

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