Essential Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students

Part 3: Engaging the Unmotivated 2e Student in Online and Offline Learning

Welcome to Part 3 of Essential School Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students. In this part, we'll take a deep dive into practical strategies for online and offline engagement for 2e students lacking motivation. Learn how to handle resistance and reluctance, when to push or accommodate kids' challenges, and how school trauma can affect engagement. We’ll cover how to use a child’s interests and strengths to rekindle their spark, and a multitude of ways for educators to create engagement in the classroom, whether in person or online. As always, we love hearing from you. Please let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!



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1What are some of the signs parents and teachers may be seeing with a child who is disengaged or unmotivated?
2What's going on when 2e kids experience shutdown and lack of motivation?
3How should we be thinking about engaging students? Once we relight the spark, how do we keep it lit?
4How do we avoid disengagement, and how do we reengage once we get to shutdown mode?
5For kids who are shut down and disconnected from learning, how do you approach this, and how do we get the light back in their eyes?
6This fall, many kids will be learning online. How do you set the tone and climate for engagement from the beginning of the year?
7I have a 9-year-old gifted student with ADHD. Sometimes his brightness wins the battle, but sometimes his impulsiveness and bad attitude towards school is too hard to manage. I do my best to encourage him to pursue his interests and engage with them, but right now his only interests are video games. I don't want to lose him! I want him to be happy.
8What specific strategies can we use as parents to help convince our kids that they need to do the work that is assigned to them in the classroom to the best of their ability even if it's not something they like, are interested in, or find easy?
9In our academic world now, we have so many required classes. What should kids do when they just cannot engage?
10Especially with writing, getting started is so hard. Do you have any strategies?
11With 25 students in a class, how do you find unique ways to engage each student?
12How do you engage a gifted student who is more content to put his head on the desk rather than participating in any tasks? A particular task we are doing is open ended and allows him to be in charge of how it is completed and what information is included with a few headings as suggestions for guidelines to use for researching.
13What can I do when my daughter (10) gets "stuck" and doesn't want to do anything?! When to push and when to let go? Flexible or firm? How to help them make good choices instead of more video games, more sweets, "phoning in" an assignment, etc.? What to do when they resist help? What's the line between empathetic and permissive?
14I have a bright and sometimes challenging 7th grade middle school entrepreneur boy. He dreads school and finds it irrelevant and exhausting. He would much rather work on his businesses (business newspaper he sells door to door, car detailing/washing, his stock portfolio). What do you say to those kids who don't see the relevance of certain subjects, units, or classes? He says Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs were all drop outs. Help!
15For students very focused on extracurricular projects enrolled in more traditional schooling situations, should we develop realistic expectations to do enough to get through?
16Do you recommend looking at the assignments needed for the class, doing the assignments with the most points, and doing what is necessary to cross the finish line?

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