GIFTED CHILDREN

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LOCATION: Malaga

 

Gifted education refers to the broad set of practices, pedagogy and theories used when teaching students who have been identified as “gifted” or “talented.” While there is no universal definition of what it means to be a student who is gifted and talented, it is mostly defined as demonstrating outstanding levels of aptitude and/or competence in one or more domains. The issues of gifted pupils have increasingly gained ground in Europe in recent decades. In order to maximize the potential of gifted learner, it is essential to improve flexibility of schools, to diversify teaching methods and techniques,to enrich the content of the curriculum and to increase the qualifications
of the teachers who work with gifted learners. If you are one of those teachers who is not limited to the traditional classroom, this courses will allow you to reach and teach a demographic of students who enjoy creative and academic challenges, have an in-depth insight into the different world of the gifted child, essential to empowering teachers to work effectively with the gifted. It helps you build a comprehensive range of highly practical, high-interest skills for both identifying and teaching these children, from elementary to high school.

In Spain, gifted and talented students are considered by the Education Law as students with a specific need for educational support. The Spanish legislation includes that: “it corresponds to the educational administrations to adopt the necessary measures to identify students with high intellectual capacities and to assess their needs early.” Also each autonomous community has its own regulations and special education programs for gifted students in the Ministry of Education. A total of 27,133 students from all over Spain are considered to have high intellectual abilities, according to the latest available data, of which more than 11,500 are from Andalusia. The data does not reflect that Andalusian students are more qualified than the rest of Spaniards but it is the evidence that in some communities the programs to detect students with high abilities work, while in others do not. Regarding the type of needs that these students with high intellectual abilities require, the Spanish Association for the Gifted and Talented Students, the University of Malaga, foundations, private and psychological cabinets have worked together for many years to achieve this “specific” level of attention and educational support for gifted students in public schools and some special schools with high-ability programs. The participant teachers of this course will have the opportunity to observe identification methods, transferring competences in educational matters, attention to these students and common protocols for action, in its place.

OBJECTIVES

 

  • General characteristics of gifted children
  • Identifying & Psychological diagnosis
  • Learning characteristics and behaviours of gifted students
  • Dos and Don’ts of teaching gifted students
  • Meeting the needs of gifted learners
  • Tips for teaching gifted students
  • Teaching strategies that utilize technology
  • Enrichment and Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Importance of parent collaboration
  • Organizing classroom environment and social interactions
  • Specialized programs
  • Classroom instruction for gifted students from diverse underrepresented populations
  • Gifted students and bullying
  • Gifted students and school failure
  • Assessment and evaluation of gifted learners
  • Current good practices and developments in Spain and Europe
  • Exchanging experiences and cross-cultural practices
  • Sharing best practices, ideas and materials between colleagues
  • Improving of language and communication skills
  • Increasing international cooperation and intercultural awareness
PROGRAM
Day 1 Activities
10:00-12:00 Getting to know each other – Presentation of participant organizations
12:00-14:00 Introduction to course program
16:00-20:00 Guided city tour - Welcome dinner with participants
Day 2 Activities
10:00-11:30 General & learning characteristics of gifted students
11:30-13:00 Diagnosis techniques of gifted students
13:00-14:00 Meeting the needs of gifted students in classroom
Day 3 Activities
10:00-11:30 Strategies and tips for gifted teaching
11:30-13:00 Enrichment activities & Blooms Taxonomy
13:00-14:00 Specialized programs for gifted students
Day 4 Activities
10:00-11:30 Social interaction & Parent collaboration
11:30-13:00 Prevention of bullying & school failure of gifted students
15:00-18:00 School Visit: Spanish education system & Best practices
Day 5 Activities
10:00-11:30 Assessment and evaluation of gifted learners
11:30-13:00 Course evaluation
15:00-18:00 Europass mobility & Participation Certificates
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