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Nov 25, 2021

Today I’m speaking with Dr Joanne Foster, gifted education specialist and multi-award-winning author, about how to motivate our gifted kids.

In this episode we talk about motivation, effort, how to motivate and support the best possible learning experiences for our gifted kids and more.

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Memorable Quote

“The lesson here is that if you can help children find something that makes it their own, that they can take responsibility for and feel independent about and connect with other people with it as well… if someone really feels that the activity or the task is meaningful and that it suits their ability level and they can make it more interesting for themselves, they will be motivated.” – Dr Joanne Foster

“The word potential is really tough. Nobody knows anybody else's potential really. I mean, we don't have tea leaves. We don't have crystal balls. We  have to move forward without trying to put anybody into a box around what their potential may or may not be because it develops over time with the right opportunities to learn and with the kinds of encouragement and support that kids need in order to thrive.” – Dr Joanne Foster



Joanne Foster, Ed.D. is a child development and gifted education specialist, and multi award-winning author.

She writes guest blogs and book chapters, and her articles are featured in many publications including The Creativity Post and First Time Parent Magazine. Dr. Foster taught for several years at the University of Toronto, and continues to work as an educational consultant advising parents, teachers, school boards, and advocacy groups. She offers presentations, webinars, and workshops on learning, creativity, motivation, and children's well-being.

Her books include:

  • Recently released – a fully revised third edition of Being Smart About Gifted Learning: Empowering Parents and Kids Through Challenge and Change co-authored with Dona Matthews
  • ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids,
  • Beyond Intelligence - Secrets for raising happily productive kids,
  • Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (IBPA Silver Benjamin Franklin Award), and
  • Not Now, Maye Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination.

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