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Gifted and Talented Homeroom: Weekly Brain Teaser and Gifted Psychology Lesson

Michelle, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(156)
This social club for gifted and talented students serves as a weekly check-in for like-minded peers. We have fun addressing social and emotional needs, enrichment, creative problem solving, and effective task management.

Class experience

-Students will gain insight and self-knowledge about their own giftedness and the giftedness of others in a social setting
-Students will increase their confidence overall and also in their area(s) of excellence
-Students will improve their knowledge of creativity, problem-solving, and psychology
-Students will co-create realistic goals and stretch goals for enhanced daily performance
Department of Education, PK-12 Talented and Gifted 
Department of Education, K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate						      

Masters of Arts in Teaching 
     Morningside College, Sioux City, IA	

My master’s degree focused 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, personal struggles among individuals with high potential, and bibliotherapy. (My master's thesis focused on the role of literature while helping 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.
Homework Offered
Homework for this class is completely optional. However, ambitious students will walk away with several goals, exercises, and tasks for experimentation to review in my detailed classroom write-ups. Any journal prompts/questions/suggested activities in my write-ups are meant to extend the lesson for those who are interested. Sometimes I include extra outside resources that tie into our class topic (like a Big Life Journal pdf). Students and parents have the option to review my write-ups, but nothing is expected to be completed before the next class period. We tackle a different topic week to week. That being said, I look forward to seeing the same students over a long period of time for enhanced social connection.
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment will be used throughout class time. 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 attend with some way to take notes (tablet, notebook, or whatever's their style). They are also encouraged to attend with knowledge concerning their daily schedule and any questions they may have during our check-in. 
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.

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(156)
As a certified master educator, 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 enrichment... 
Group Class


1x per week
30 min

Completed by 267 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
3-7 learners per class

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