Middle Grades

Concurrent

Helping Young Adolescents Conquer Task Avoidance, Procrastination, and Challenging Situations

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 209 B

As gifted learners approach the teenage years they often experience challenges—for example, with transition times, social-emotional issues, gifted-related demands, or motivational concerns—and as a result, they may engage in task avoidance or procrastination. The focus of this session is to help young adolescents manage the complexities of giftedness that may be compounded by the pressing realities and circumstances that ebb and flow during the middle school years and that can have a direct bearing upon productivity. We discuss how to empower kids to develop strengths, interests, coping mechanisms, creativity, accountability, and responsibility, and we consider effective strategies and support measures that reduce procrastination, increase industriousness, and promote well-being.

Joanne F. Foster

Educational Consultant/Author
Great Potential Press

Joanne Foster, Ed.D. has worked in the field of gifted education for over thirty years, focusing on ways to encourage and support high-ability learners. She is a parent, educational consultant, university instructor, and she has a doctoral degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is the author of several books, including the recently released "Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate" (2017), and its predecessor "Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination" (2015) - both published by Great Potential Press. She is co-author (with Dona Matthews) of the acclaimed "Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids" (2014, House of Anansi Press). The authors' first book, "Being Smart About Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents" (2009, Great Potential Press), was a National Best Book Awards Finalist, a Mom's Choice Gold Award Recipient, winner of Exceptionality Education Canada's Exceptional Book of the Year, and received the Arizona Book Award for Publishing Excellence.

Dr. Foster taught Psychological Foundations of Learning and Development for twelve years at the University of Toronto, and continues to offer expertise as a Gifted Education Liaison. She works alongside teams of educators in school districts, boards, and other educational and online settings, conducting teacher training and PD sessions, advising, and providing targeted consultation in strategic programming and best practice. She wrote the featured column "ABCs of Being Smart" for NAGC's "Parenting for High Potential" magazine, and she writes the column "Fostering Kids' Success," for "The Creativity Post." Dr. Foster speaks to parent groups about creativity, productivity, procrastination, and complexities and implications of high-level development. She facilitates community networking in gifted education and intelligence-building, serves on advisory committees, and presents on a variety of topics at conferences and learning venues across North America and beyond. www.joannefoster.ca

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