Understanding And Supporting Intense Learners

Many students who are creative and highly able learners live life intensely.  They may be more sensitive to intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, creative or physical events and activities. They may feel others’ pain deeply or be devastated by the plight of the poor in their neighborhood or the world.  Some become absorbed in eternal questions about the meaning of life or solving an unsolved math problem.  Their intensity is most apparent in their greatest area(s) of strength.  They can’t shut off their minds!  They can’t stop caring.  This is “normal” for them.  Rather than trying to put an end to them, we need to understand the role of these intensities in the development or their talents, accept them, appreciate them and help students do the same as their potential grows.   We'll examine, question and discuss their sources and roles in student's learning.

Target Audience
Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)

Language of Instruction

Sponsoring PSA
Association of Educators of Gifted, Talented, and Creative Children in BC (AEGTCCBC)



Lannie Kanevsky

Lannie Kanevsky is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.

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