Teaching Inside the Box

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May 28, 2019
8:30 am–3:30 pm




As teachers of the gifted, we often encourage our students to be creative and think outside of the box. But we are seldom supported in doing so with our schools and classrooms.  Instead, we are confronted with ever increasing demands on our time and limited resources, and somehow are expected to continually do more with less. In this institute, we will create a roadmap of strategies to prioritize what gets piled on our plates and learn to overcome the obstacles and barriers tossed in our path.  We will transform your content from what you have to teach to engaging experiences that we want to share with our gifted students. Rather than focusing on thinking outside of the box, true creativity in teaching resides inside of the box.

Come, let’s go inside!


Part One: Identify your box

  • Analyzing your time
  • Realizing our limits
  • Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in your way
  • WOOP! (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan)
  • Creating your roadmap ahead

Part Two: What do you do when they already know?

  • The power of pre-assessment
  • A compacting simulation
  • Enrichment and acceleration
  • Creating extension activities

Part Three: Exploring the online warehouse of content resources

  • Criteria for high quality
  • Creating a match between student needs and content

Part Four: Writing lessons/start creating experiences

  • Conduction a lesson autopsy
  • Breathing new life into old lessons
  • Creatively teaching


  • Brian Housand, Ph.D.
    Coordinator of the Academically Gifted Program for the
    University of North Carolina
    Learn more about Brian.


  • Teachers who differentiate
  • Teachers of highly capable


  • Session ID: 86706
  • Date: May 28, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Region ESD 113
  • Clock hours: 6
  • Meal provided: No
  • Course fee: $120
  • Register: Event 86706



  • Occasionally, a participant requests to withdraw from a class. In those instances, the ESD 113 guidelines for refunds are as follows:
  • If Capital Region ESD 113 cancels the class, we will refund the participant the full amount.
  • If a participant withdraws from the class 5 or more business days in advance, we will refund the full amount.
  • If a participant withdraws from the class fewer than 5 business days in advance, we will refund the registration fee, minus a $15 service charge.
  • If a participant withdraws the day of the class or after it’s begun, we will not issue a refund. (To request an exception to this policy, contact the registrar for the class.)