Course Duration: 5 days
Course Fee: 400€
It is estimated that students who are gifted and highly talented encompass 5 to 15% of the school-age population. These advances students can have increased capabilities in academics, creativity, music, dance, art, and/or leadership. To teach gifted students, the teachers should be careful about finding ways to support their learning process. They should compact the curriculum and provide enrichment activities as well as provide environments that are stimulating, and address cognitive, physical, emotional, and social needs of gifted children in the curriculum. During the program, some practical recommendations will be focused on the ways of teaching gifted students.
All the participants will
- Implement a multi-level and multi-dimensional curriculum.
- Differentiate the curriculum to address differences in the rate, depth, and pace of learning.
- Be flexible with the curriculum.
- Take advantage of real-life experiences that can be translated into problem-solving academics for all students.
- Engage gifted students in the curriculum decision-making process, giving them an opportunity to learn how to take responsibility for their own learning.
- Allow students to pursue independent projects based on their own individual interests. Independent projects can be assigned based on ability level.
- Allow gifted children to assume ownership of their own learning through curriculum acceleration.
- Instruct them to work ahead to problems of skills that they do not know.
- Try to maximize your students’ potential by expecting them to do their best.
- Encourage them to advance as quickly as they can.
- Have students work together, teach one another, and actively participate in their own and their classmates’ education.
- Encourage gifted students to participate in extracurricular activities that involve academic
skills. Examples include math and debate teams. Because gifted children are often
natural leaders, it is important to invite them to use their talents and abilities in beneficial,
rather than disruptive, manners.
- Involve students in academic contests. Gifted students tend to be competitive by nature. Therefore, participating in regional and national competitions such as spelling bees, science fairs, and essay competitions will be fun challenges.
- Set individual goals. Help guide students in creating their own goals and set goals that are specific, measurable, aggressive, realistic, and within a reasonable time frame. Be sure not to place expectations that are too high or too low.
- Establish and maintain a warm, accepting classroom.
- Teach your classroom community to embrace diversity and honor differences.
- Provide an environment in which the child can demonstrate his or her potential or aptitude to learn and perform. Teachers should strive to establish a non-competitive, individualized, and open classroom, which allows all students to advance at their own rate of learning.
- Remember that implementing some of these strategies will benefit all of the children in
the classroom, not just the gifted ones.
Objectives of the course
- Making the curriculum student-centered
- Drawing the curriculum from the students’ interests and educational needs
- Creating projects to learn about a specific area
- Assisting in developing projects that allow students to achieve success one step at a time
- Identifying artistically gifted students and how to improve talent
- Understanding emotional intensity in gifted children
- Getting know what gifted education is, history models, and issues
- Setting expectations for gifted students in the classroom
- Encouraging creativity and original thinking among gifted students and allowing them to explore ways of connecting unrelated issues in creative ways
- Creating and using personal learning profiles
- Teaching interactively
- Focusing on practical and skills-based -interactive learning
- Creating immediate feedbacks, hands-on activities
- Helping invite them to use their talents and abilities in beneficial
- Working in groups cooperatively
- Inspiring discussions on best practices.
- Helping students to create their own goals and set goals
- Providing an environment in which the child can demonstrate his or her potential or aptitude to learn and perform
- Enabling set individual goals
- Teachers, trainers, educators, school administrators, etc.
Before the course,
- A detailed pre-course questionnaire to indicate their level of experience, teaching backgrounds, and training will be completed by participants.
- They will also prepare a presentation to reflect their own teaching method.
- A course participation certificate will be given to all participants.
- A Europass Mobility Certificate will be given if the participant demands it, as well.
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I have attended the "Gifted children" course in Antalya, Turkey (April 25-29). The course provider was Anatolia Education. My experience with the course was very good. Taking part in this course was the opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries and to exchange experiences with them, which I consider to be very useful and interesting. Also, we had a chance to plan next partnerships on behalf of our schools. The course trainer was understandable, relaxed and flexible. Since the course "Gifted Children" was taking place together with the course "ICT Based Classes", the trainer used many web tools and useful apps during our learning process, so that was opportunity to improve my digital competence. For me, the most impressive part of the course was the visit to the gifted children's school. I was delighted with their work and talents. I gained insight into how gifted children were educated in Turkey. My trainer arranged a meeting, so I got the opportunity to talk with their school counselor about gifted children's social and emotional needs. That was very inspiring and important for me, since I also work as a school counselor. I am very thankful for this experience.
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