How to Set Expectations that Work

Presented by Joanne Foster

Date, Time, Cost

Recorded Thursday, September 14th
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Setting expectations for gifted/high-ability learners—or empowering them to set their own expectations—can be complicated. What’s too much? Too little? Just right? As kids juggle schoolwork, commitments, emotions, asymmetrical development, social situations, chores, and more, they may need help with manageability. It’s a fast-paced, demanding world! The focus of this SENGinar is fit and flexibility— and how parents and teachers can set fair and reasonable expectations for and with children and teens. Discussion revolves around respect for their individuality including diverse and advanced learning capacities; realistic objectives; productivity-related issues; and lots of practical tips so kids can find healthy ways to cope with the many complexities and pressing realities of daily life. Dr. Foster shares her expertise in gifted/high-level development, and refers to her new book Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (2017), to its predecessor Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015), and also to Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids (2014) and Being Smart about Gifted Education (2009) (both co-authored with Dona Matthews).

This SENGinar will exceed expectations!


About the Presenter

Joanne Foster has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Adaptive Instruction, and a Doctoral degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a parent, teacher, gifted education specialist, university instructor, educational consultant, and award-winning author who has worked in the field of gifted education for over 30 years. She conducts teacher-training workshops, gives presentations to educators and parent organizations in local, national, and international forums, and serves on several advisory committees concerning children’s education and optimal development. She’s co-author (with Dona Matthews) of Being Smart about Gifted Education (2009, Great Potential Press), and Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids (2014, House of Anansi Press). Dr. Foster is also the sole author of Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015), and the brand new Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (2017), both published by Great Potential Press. She wrote “ABCs of Being Smart,” an extended series of feature articles for the National Association for Gifted Children’s magazine Parenting for High Potential, and her column “Fostering Kids’ Success” appears at The Creativity Post online. Her writing appears in many other publications around the world. Dr. Foster taught Educational Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto for twelve years, and she continues to provide leadership across the broader community in the areas of giftedness and high-level development.

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