Presenter: Nicole Shannon, TAGT
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What makes a student, or anyone for that matter, successful? You might be surprised to find that it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, good looks, or even IQ. The one trait that sets apart the mediocre from the truly exceptional: Grit. But grit can be a tough concept to teach to your gifted students. Get tips and strategies to encourage perseverance and growth-mindsets in your class.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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Your students are all exceptional people, but what if their future success was more connected to their mindsets than to all of their amazing, gifted skills? Research is showing mindset to be the ultimate predictor of success, rather than skill. Trainer Nicole Shannon has found that students with growth-mindsets, and a sense of perseverance and grit, fare better than their equally gifted peers.

This course will help you:

  • Understand why gifted students are prone to negative, fixed mindsets
  • Learn to “hear” and reframe fixed-mindset thoughts
  • Encourage growth-mindsets in your students

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Nicole Shannon, M.Ed. has over 19 years of experience in gifted education. She currently serves as the Advanced Academics Specialist for Hutto ISD. Prior to joining her current district, Nicole served as the Coordinator of Gifted/Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD for five years. She was a gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD for 10 years before taking this position. She has presented at the district, local, and state level to preservice and in-service teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents on a variety of topics in gifted education throughout her years in this field. Prior to moving to Round Rock, Nicole served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school principal at private schools in Honolulu, HI, San Diego, CA, and Virginia Beach, VA. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a specialization in Gifted/Talented at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. 

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287 reviews for Grit, Perseverance, and Mindset

  1. Carol – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Good information with practical applications.

  2. Pam – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Really helped solidify the concept.

  3. Araceli – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    great examples and ideas to work with

  4. Molly – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


  5. Darian – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    This class was great! I really enjoyed it.

  6. Maria de Lourdes – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  7. Ginger – Allen East Local Schools (verified owner)

    Great points for growth mindset.

  8. Sherman – MEDINA VALLEY ISD (verified owner)

    Growth Mindset need to be taught to everyone

  9. Keith – Laurel Springs School (verified owner)

    The presenter and the manner in which the course is broken down into smaller pieces is an extremly effective way to present the material.

  10. Kari – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    This class was very enjoyable and informative. The presenter did a great job.

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