The Future Belongs to the
Alan Haskvitz, classroom teacher
National Teachers Hall of Fame
Named 100 Most Important Educators in World
USA Today All American Educator
Reader’s Digest Hero in Education
NCSS Middle Level Teacher of the Year
NCSS National Exemplary Program
Learning Magazine Professional Best American Teacher Award
Cherry International Great Teacher Award
George Washington Freedom Foundation Award
State/National Awards in economics, technology, environment,
agriculture, economics, art, service learning, journalism, English, history,
Underachievement is a behavior and thus can
change over time.
Underachievement is content and situation
Gifted children who do not succeed in school
are often successful in outside activities.
Underachievement is in the eyes of the
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 gifted kids haven't had to work very
hard to do well, but that starts to change 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
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.
Ideas that work
Put away that rubics cube. Why? Only one
Short term. What is the learning involved?
Cover material in more depth
Use a variety of methods
Appeal to their negative nature
Get them on your side.
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 words”
Fear of success
Always value talking to student and asking opinions
Gifted students in most cases are
good test takers 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
They can more easily
Push Outside Comfort
Dealing with Problems
If you see a student having a
problem, visit other students
before and after your visit.
Use Lost Scout
How did they get lost?
Achievement is Not
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.
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
Make it “fun”
>Turn it to your
>Importance of team
>Help others be better
>Avoid “The Best”
It Teaches Avoidance
Learn by Doing
Prove that you know this
How would you teach this
Use variety of
Don’t underestimate value of
(what they learned)
Today I learned
Motivating as they look back
Helps them organize their
Enables them to see direction
1. Use cards (discard)
2. Use Cornell note taking
3. Invent secret note
4. Write their own
Getting Them Organized
Battle Plan for the Day
Make connections across
Large sheet of paper
should be an
Publish, Research, be Active
It is motivating for students to be
proud of their teacher
Don't put up student
Don’t isolate students
Don’t compare their work
Don’t judge creativity
Any gifted child can potentially get in real
trouble because of the way they are
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
High Interest Sites
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.
Environmental, Familial, and Personal Factors
That Affect the Self-Actualization of Highly
Gifted Adults: Case Studies
Introduction and Literature Review,
Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Number one way to
reach gifted students:
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
Selected for Bright Idea Award
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
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
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
Students Piloted the Close-Up Foundations
National Community Service Program.
Graffiti campaign reduced graffiti by 90
percent in the community.
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
Students won five congressional writing
competitions and over 20 essay and speech
Students were finalist City of the Future
engineering competition for industrial
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.
Knows the answers
Asks the questions
Plays around; still
gets good test scores
Differences Part Two
Learns with ease
6-8 repetitions for
Good at guessing
Bored -- already
knew the answers
feelings and opinions
Highly critical of self
Differences Part 3
Creates a new design
How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted
Differences in Gifted, High Achievers
Janice Szabos, Challenge, 1989, Good Apple, Inc.,
Poor Teacher Training: End of Gifted Teaching
Making a Difference: Motivating Gifted
Students Who Are Not Achieving
Del Siegle D. Betsy McCoach
Motivating Gifted Studen
Helping Gifted Student
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
I asked Mom if I
was a gifted child.
She said they
have PAID for me.
– Calvin (Calvin &