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1:1 Creativity and Accountability Coaching

Michelle Ptacek, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
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Personalized private lessons deepening your understanding of the creative process, critical thinking, perfectionism, motivation, psychology, and/or executive functioning skills. MA in gifted and talented/twice exceptional students.

Class experience

  • -The student will gain insights and self-knowledge about their own creative practice -The student will co-create realistic goals and stretch goals for enhanced creative performance -The student will increase their confidence overall and also in the areas of chosen creative activities -The student will improve their knowledge of creativity, problem-solving, and psychology
Department of Education, PK-12 Talented and Gifted 						      

Masters of Arts in Teaching 
     Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
Doctoral Student
     Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity, Studio City, CA	

After years as a full-time musician (an endeavor I began as a teenager), I gravitated towards teaching and obtained a master’s degree with a focus on creativity and education. I have formally and informally studied the creative process, various theories in creativity research, the role of systemizing and empathizing in creative works, neurodiversity, personal struggles among individuals with high potential, and the role of literature in assisting personal growth. My master's thesis focused on how literature can help students who are gifted and talented gain self-awareness. I also have extensive experience working with Davidson Young Scholars in the profoundly gifted population and with learners who identify as twice-exceptional.

In addition, I taught one-on-one guitar and song-writing classes for over 10 years. During these sessions, I worked with young people and guided them not only with technique but also with creativity. I love taking my knowledge of creative psychology and offering it to students as digestible pieces of information they can use.  - Michelle Ptacek
Homework Offered
Homework for this class is optional. However, ambitious students will walk away with several goals, exercises, resources, and tasks for experimentation. If students are interested in reoccurring sessions with me, that's great! I love seeing similar students over long periods of time for enhanced accountability and results.
Assessments Offered
Students often take surveys in this class in order to gain self-knowledge and self-awareness. Informal assessment will be used throughout coaching. Adjustments will be made based on the student's needs. These adjustments include decisions around goal-setting, advice offered (based on research), and optional next steps. Most of all, I hope students feel comfortable, encouraged, and ready for risks (not necessarily assessed).
Grades Offered
Students are encouraged to come with prepared creative works to show and discuss! If they don't have any, that's OK too. I'm prepared to work with them around their interests to create focused goals and future projects.
Books Frequently Referenced in This Class:
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.
Character Building Day by Day by Anne D. Mather, Louise B. Weldon
The Gifted Kids/Teen Survival Guide by James R Delisle and Judy Galbraith
The Gifted Kids Workbook by Heather Boorman
Living with Intensity by Michael Piechowski and Susan Daniels
Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin
The Highly Sensitive Person/Parent/Child (3 books by Elaine Aaron)
How the Gifted Brain Learns by David A. Sousa 
The Smart Teens Guide to Living With Intensity by L. Rivero

Additional activities are anchored by books written by Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Brené Brown, Carol Dweck, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Angela Duckworth, and others.
Joined March, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Iowa Teaching Certificate - Special Education
Master's Degree in Education
As a certified master educator and doctoral student, I offer engaging classes centered around reading, writing, life skills, and creative problem solving. With professional experience as a specialized reading teacher, middle school teacher, and... 
1-on-1 Lessons


per session
Meets on demand
25 min

Completed by 24 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-18

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