Presenter: Heather Clark, OAGC
Core Area: ODE Teacher Company d; Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.1, 1.2; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4; OAGC Characteristics
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Some of our most gifted students struggle to manage and demonstrate their talents because of perfectionism. Licking County Gifted Coordinator Heather Clark lends her passion for gifted education to this informative 1-hour course on the types of perfectionists you may encounter in the classroom, and strategies educators can use to create a classroom environment that fosters success among perfectionist learners. 

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Perfectionism doesn’t affect all of our gifted learners the same way, but it can cause them to struggle in the classroom. Some perfectionists focus on academic achievement, risk evasion, or controlling their images, and all have unique support needs. In this 1-hour course, Licking County Gifted Coordinator Heather Clark will walk you through the different types of perfectionism and strategies you can use to help students cope inside and outside of the classroom. 
This course will help you: 
  • Compare healthy vs. dysfunctional traits associated with perfectionism
  • Form an understanding of different types of perfectionists
  • Gather tips and resources that will be helpful in coping with and supporting perfectionists inside and outside the classroom
  • Apply new learning to classroom case studies in order to solidify knowledge
This course is aligned with:
ODE Teacher Competency d
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Heather Clark has packed a wealth of experience into her 12 years as a professional educator, serving a variety of roles as a teacher and also as a leader through curricular administration. With a masters in STEM education, Heather has worked with and championed for gifted students from the very beginning. She now serves as a Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center, splitting her time and expertise between two Central Ohio districts. Heather’s experience with urban, suburban, and rural populations make for a well tested knowledge base and a sensitive application of the best educational practices, ones that are both student centered and practical. She lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her supportive husband and two young sons that constantly keep her moving.? 

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44 reviews for Perfectionism in the Gifted

  1. Nicholas – Springfield City School District (verified owner)

    The questions in the final quiz need redone as they are either mis-selected or are poorly written!

  2. kathya – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was an interesting course.

  3. Ernestina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course helps me understand the different types of GT learners and how to guide them.

  4. Stephen – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  5. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    learned there were 5 main types of perfectionists; thought there was only one; liked tips

  6. Liliana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very simple and easy to understand course. Plenty of examples.

  7. elvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very good. It open my eyes.

  8. Fred – BOLING ISD (verified owner)

    It was mildly interesting.

  9. Angela – NORWALK CITY (verified owner)

    Good coping strategies to help perfectionist in the classroom. Not on how to change lessons, but help the individual student.

  10. TERRYL – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Great overview and I immediately could think of student examples to fit the information given. Really helpful in dealing with a very real issue in my school.

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