Able Learners and ADHD – Debra Troxclair


Debra Troxclair
Session information
Some gifted students are hindered by a neurobiological deficit, the lack of executive skills due to issues with ADHD. As a result, they’re not able to cash in their intellectual potential or live up to expectations based on their intellectual capital (Van Gerven, 2016). Actors in the students’ ecological system (i.e. teachers, parents, peers, and students) are confronted with the results of the students’ mixed abilities related to their educational experiences (Trail, 2011) which results in reduced achievement and potential social-emotional and behavioral issues (Moon, 2002). These children are often seen as underachievers, but their struggles are the result of a misfit between ability, disability, and the educational approach (Reiss & McCoach, 2002). The GT/ADHD toolkit provides practitioners and parents with a framework for developing the “goodness-of-fit” needed for these learners to fully develop their abilities and manage their disabilities. Participants will learn how to create an appropriate learning environment in which gifted students with mixed abilities can succeed by examining behavior based on Marzano and Kendall’s New Taxonomy. Through a series of steps teachers will learn to develop a set of optional interventions built on STICORDI (STImulation, COmpensation, Remediation & DIspensation

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About Debra Troxclair
Debra A. Troxclair, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair for the Teacher Education Department at Lamar University, has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the K-12 level and at the university level. She has publications in Gifted Child Today, Roeper Review, Parenting for High Potential, TAGT’s TEMPO, and Understanding Our Gifted. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) TAG Division. and is on the Advisory Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children’s journal, Teaching for Hight Potential.

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