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Motivating Gifted Students and Others: Updated 2/28/16

A National Hall of Fame teacher gives proven ideas on how to maximize student interest as well as the dangers of using some incentives.

Motivating Gifted Students and Others: Updated 2/28/16

  1. 1. UPDATED Gifted Students: Motivational Ideas The Future Belongs to the Learners NOT The Learned
  2. 2. By Alan Haskvitz, teacher • National Teachers Hall of Fame • USA Today All American Educator, Tech Magazine Leaders Award • Reader’s Digest Hero in Education, Leavey Economics Award. • NCSS Middle Level Teacher of the Year, National Exemplary Program • Learning Magazine Professional Best American Teacher Award • Cherry International Great Teacher Award; Three Golden Bells • George Washington Freedom Foundation Award, McAuliffe Award • State/National Awards in economics, technology, ecology, agriculture, economics, art, service learning, journalism, English, history, photography, creative writing, civics, engineering, coaching • Featured on NPR, in CNN, Time, Newsweek, and USA Today • Featured in several textbooks, and national television, and books Never been observed by District, State or Federal official
  3. 3. Some of My articles are here https://carfamily.wordpress.com/category/teaching/ / Gifted education http://www.teachers.net/gazette/AUG08/haskvitz/ Email reacheverychild@yahoo.com
  4. 4. Definition of Underachievement• Underachievement is a behavior and thus can change over time. • Underachievement is content and situation specific. • Gifted children who do not succeed in school are often successful in outside activities. • Underachievement is in the eyes of the beholder.
  5. 5. What, Me Worry? • Highly gifted kids will often adopt a pattern of avoidance of hard work when they have never learned to work hard. • Many students haven't had to work very hard to do well, but that changes as they get older. • They may have gotten away with avoiding things they don't do well. • Another thing to consider is that many gifted kids, particularly the verbally gifted, would rather argue a point instead of using facts.
  6. 6. Intrinsic Rewards Extrinsic Rewards result in a “What’s in it for me” attitude. Intrinsic Rewards result in the building of self-esteem Rewards need to promote long term behavior change. They do not need to be related to achievement.
  7. 7. Ideas that work Use Doubt. Short term. What is the learning involved? Cover material in more depth Do less. Use Tom Sawyer Approach Use a variety of methods Appeal to their negative nature Get them on your side.
  8. 8. Avoid Dead End Projects Where is this assignment leading Application of Learning Process
  9. 9. Motivation can be related to methods -Alter the curriculum, but don’t change the objective -Accept different proofs of knowledge -You need to realize that good words can be “bad” -Fear of success -Always value talking to student and asking opinions
  10. 10. Want to Get Student's Attention in a Hurry? Today we are going to learn how to do a RESUME' Hand students form with room for name, address, contact numbers. Next ask them to write education they have. Next add experience, achievements, etc. “That is what you have accomplished to date.” Remember that your are investing in yourself
  11. 11. A Common Trait Gifted students, in most cases are good test takers, and have the ability to remember things more quickly. But they aren't gifted in the sense that they have a gift. What they have is a different way of learning, and even that may reflect only one part of the curriculum such as music, or math. They can more easily retrieve data.
  12. 12. Dealing with Problems Use indirect approach If you see a student having a problem, visit other students before and after your visit. Use Lost Scout Approach How did they get lost?
  13. 13. Achievement is Not Motivation It's important to remember that while you may get a student to do homework it may not be motivating to the child. They need to learn where the material is leading. They need to see the path.
  14. 14. Make it Meaningful Teach them speed reading Teach them how to write by showing them the structure writers use. End First Give them the answer and they produce the question Relate to their life
  15. 15. Competition >Turn it to your advantage >Importance of team work >Help others be better >Avoid “The Best” It Teaches Avoidance
  16. 16. Learn by Doing Set Baselines Prove that you know this How would you teach this to others Use variety of intelligences/methods
  17. 17. Calendar Don’t underestimate value of large calendar and Timeline (what they learned)
  18. 18. Learning Timeline Today I learned Motivating as they look back AND Helps them organize their thoughts AND Enables them to see direction
  19. 19. Create own learning aids 1. Use memory cards 2. Use Cornell note taking 3. Invent secret notetaking system 4. Write own textbook http://www.bookemon.com/read-book/198980 And StoryBird.com
  20. 20. Getting Them Organized Battle Plan for the Day Three Transfers Linking
  21. 21. Use Linking Make connections across curriculum Ongoing Large sheet of paper Daily upgrades Reflections
  22. 22. Teachers should be an example Publish, Research, be Active It is motivating for students to be proud of their teacher
  23. 23. Don’t Don't put up student examples Don’t isolate students Don’t compare their work Don’t judge creativity
  24. 24. Quotes Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled. Itzhak Perlman Genius without education is like silver in the mine. – Benjamin Franklin Each time we steal a student's struggle, we steal the opportunity for them to build self-confidence. They must learn to do hard things to feel good about themselves. – Sylvia Rimm You can never hold a person down without staying down with him. – Booker T. Washington
  25. 25. High Interest Sites https://www.awesomestories.com/ The first recorded trial - in 824 - took place when moles did something wrong in the Valley of Aosta (near today's Italian-Swiss border). Found guilty, the offending moles were excommunicated from the Catholic Church. E. P. Evans, in his 1906 book entitled The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals, tells us that judging animals extends back in time to ancient Greece. Even inanimate objects - such as a fallen pillar - could become a criminal defendant. The point of the cases was to investigate how terrible events had come about. Awesome Stories is the best source of material for motivating gifted students based on content and diversity.
  26. 26. Just In Awesome Stories is Offering 30 Free Account This site that allows students to publish work, correlates well with Common Core, and offers exciting and motivating stories. It is well worth a click or two. A great site for flipping, sponge activities and to develop interests. https://www.awesomestories.com/Signu p/Membership/25
  27. 27. Example of Awesome Stories The Little Boy Who Can Change the Weather: El Niño - Preface You are a drop of rainwater and were born in a nimbus cloud that also produced your brothers and sisters. People living on earth call all of you precipitation. We'll just call you Drippy. Now it isn't easy being a raindrop. When you are small, about 1 millimeter (the size of a pencil point), you are spherical and have a shape like a flattened bun. You grow by running into other drops until you reach about 4.5 millimeter and start to fall turning you into a little parachute with a tube of water around your base. As you fall you break up into smaller drops as the wind pressure pushes against you until you are flattened. Some of your brothers and sisters are larger because they have collided with others, but you are just glad to be done with the wild journey that started when you were born from water vapor and a little nuclei such as a piece of salt that has evaporated from the sea water or a bit of dust.
  28. 28. El Nino continued Since seventy-one percent of the Earth's surface is ocean the chances are, Drippy, you are going to fall into an ocean. Since the largest is the Pacific the odds are that that ocean is going to be your landing place. Depending on the weather, your temperature is going to be between 32°F and 80°F. If it is below that temperature then you would be a snow flake. To give you an idea of what that temperature means, your bath is probably between 98°F and a very hot 108°F. You probably want to know what is going to happen to you once you land in the ocean. Well, Drippy, you are fresh water and very precious. Only three percent of all the water on Earth can claim to be fresh water. You are still fresh water when you land on a calm ocean. If the ocean does not have any wind or waves you join with your fellow raindrops and create a fresh water layer on the ocean. However, most of the time the ocean has waves and wind and so you slowly mix with the ocean water and become saline or salt water that makes up 97 percent of the Earth’s water.
  29. 29. Recommended Reading Environmental, Familial, and Personal Factors That Affect the Self-Actualization of Highly Gifted Adults: Case Studies Doctoral Dissertation Introduction and Literature Review, Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
  30. 30. Number one way to reach gifted students: EMPOWER THEM Characteristics of gifted children predispose them to existential distress. Because brighter people are able to envision the possibilities of how things might be, they tend to be idealists. However, they are simultaneously able to see that the world falls short of their ideals. Unfortunately, these visionaries also recognize that their ability to make changes in the world is very limited. Dabrowski’s Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children
  31. 31. Haskvitz's Student Accomplishments Selected for Bright Idea Award by Harvard Represented the United States in International Technology competition in Rome Worked with Joy Hakim on her book, The Story of Us Selected best from 20,000 entries and they testified at the United Nations on the importance of environmental education. None of these were in curriculum area taught
  32. 32. Students' work was selected the best from 12,000 entries earned an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to meet the President. The National Wildlife Federation selected program as best from 9000 entries for students involvement in political action and the environment. Student’s integrated work in agriculture was chosen as one of the top 12 in the nation and was shared on national television. Students’ research was published in the National Middle School Newsletter. Students passed state environmental legislation. Students Piloted the Close-Up Foundations National Community Service Program. Graffiti campaign reduced graffiti by 90 percent in the community.
  33. 33. Students' work was the centerpiece for the County of Los Angeles summit called by the Los Angeles Registrar of Voters and lead to rewriting of county and state voting forms. Students' class work has earned trips them to the United Nations, Washington DC, Tampa, CNN in Atlanta, Sea World, and Disneyland in national competitions. Students won five congressional writing competitions and over 20 essay and speech contests. Students were finalist City of the Future engineering competition for industrial creativity. Students’ work selected by Oregon Trail and California Oregon Trail group for their sites. Students' work on environmental friendly driving techniques featured on DMV website.
  34. 34. Differences • Bright child • Knows the answers • Interested • Pays attention • Works hard • Answers questions • Enjoys same-age children • Gifted child • Asks the questions • Extremely curious • Gets involved physically and mentally • Plays around; still gets good test scores • Questions the answers • Prefers adults or older peers
  35. 35. Differences Part Two • Bright Child • Learns easily • Listens well • Self-satisfied • Learns with ease • 6-8 repetitions for mastery • Understands ideas • Enjoys peers • Grasps the meaning • Completes assignments • Gifted Child • Good at guessing • Bored -- already knew the answers • Shows strong feelings and opinions • Highly critical of self (perfectionist) • Has wild, silly ideas • Discusses in detail; elaborates • 1-2 repetitions for mastery
  36. 36. Differences Part 3 • Bright Child • Completes assignments • Is receptive • Copies accurately • Enjoys school • Absorbs information • Technician • Good memorizer • Enjoys straight-forward, • Is alert • Gifted Child • Constructs abstractions • Initiates projects • Is intense • Creates a new design • Manipulates information • Inventor • Good guesser • Thrives on complexity • Is keenly observant
  37. 37. References How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted http://www.tagfam.org/whoisgifted.html Differences in Gifted, High Achievers Janice Szabos, Challenge, 1989, Good Apple, Inc., Issue 34 Poor Teacher Training: End of Gifted Teaching http://www.teachers.net/gazette/AUG08/haskvitz/ Making a Difference: Motivating Gifted Students Who Are Not Achieving Del Siegle D. Betsy McCoach Motivating Gifted Studen http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10648.aspx Helping Gifted Student https://carfamily.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/how-to-help-the-gifted-student/
  38. 38. Preventing Cheating
  39. 39. Marylou Kelly Streznewski in her book Gifted Grown Ups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential, gifted people may make up as much as 20 percent of the prison population. http://school.familyeducation.com/gifted-education/criminology/40932.h
  40. 40. ReWeaving Education for the Gifted --Blend the strands together by integrating --Re-examine product by asking the Five Whys --Evaluate Process, not Product --Consider classroom center for evaluation --Avoid dead ends by ReWeaving --Work rapidly, but return to weave new material --Motivates students through self-assessment
  41. 41. I asked Mom if I was a gifted child. She said they certainly wouldn't have PAID for me. – Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
  42. 42. Satire Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr5kWOdkHYA
  43. 43. Have a sense of humor
  44. 44. Thanks for staying When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.
  45. 45. Don't Leave Me with Him
  46. 46. Class dismissed Your attendance is appreciated Alan Haskvitz reacheverychild@yahoo.com

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