On March 21, 22 and 23, the international congress on learning disabilities was held. Presented by the Institute for Learning Disorders, formerly AQETA, more than 1,400 delegates took part in conferences, workshops and dinner talks with a common goal: to better equip themselves to soften the daily lives of people living with challenges. related to learning disabilities.
One of the themes of the congress was that of giftedness. After realizing what high potential is in a first article on this subject, let's discuss the impacts on students and the means to promote their full development.
What are the impacts of giftedness on the educational progress of young people?
Officially representing about 2 % of the population, it is considered that there would be an even greater proportion of children with giftedness, because currently, it is often when people face difficulties at some point in their life. that the diagnosis is established. Parents who consult for their gifted child may also find that they too have giftedness.
A gifted youth may experience certain difficulties in class, including isolation, loneliness, misdiagnosis, boredom in class, rejection of routine, avoidance of effort, lack of learning methods, loss of academic motivation, or even dropping out of school. Psychologically, these children may experience anxiety, including performance anxiety, a feeling of difference from others, as well as mental health issues, which could lead to suicide.
“It is not enough to have a high level of language, an exceptional memory and a high power of abstraction to obtain good academic results. It is still necessary that the child has the chance to benefit from filters which favor the emergence of skills ”- Brigitte Vuille & Marc Sieber, Swiss Journal of Specialized Education (2013)
Possible solutions to support these young people
First of all, it is important to mention that the development of the potential of children with gifted traits is influenced on the one hand by the genetic legacy of their parents, and on the other hand by the environment in which they evolve. For example, if a child has great artistic potential, but it is never called upon, he will never be able to express it to its full potential. It is the same with each of the 6 domains associated with giftedness. This clearly demonstrates the relevance of offering varied, authentic and open learning opportunities to students.
In Quebec, there are few recognized resources for children with giftedness. It is still possible to put some things in place to promote the development of the latter:
- Promote self-taught, free projects;
- Allow more autonomy;
- Promote multitasking;
- Avoid repetitions;
- Provide higher level material in its high potential field;
- Give the role of “assistants” once the work is finished to help the comrades;
- Offer the possibility of studying certain subjects in greater depth;
- Allow the use of a digital tool to create or deepen knowledge;
- Allow participation in school projects during school hours (student council, student radio, chess club, tutoring, library help, etc.)
Speaking of digital tools
I asked the community of “cool teachers” on Twitter to share their tips about their students standing out from the rest of the group. The answers proposed are very interesting and give good ideas to put in place.
#eduprof What do you do with your super fast students who understand right away and / or finish well before their classmates? #lestrucseduprof #onjase
Please comment under this original tweet so I can log your stuff!
- Julie R-Bordeleau (@ApprendreEdu) October 4, 2018
What if we considered chaqa pupil as gifted in his own way? What if we used the universal learning design in order to meet the needs and potentials of eachcun? We might have part of the answer to fostering the growth mentality and the desire to learn throughout life, for all students, whether they are neurotypical, gifted or have learning disabilities.
- In the land of MultiHP: HP / DYSHP / TDAHP, Lecture by Céline Leroux-Chemla presented at the International Congress of the Institute for Learning Disabilities, 2018
- Gifted and Forgotten: Mom, when am I learning? Télé-Québec, 2016
- Training on the universal design of learning at Cadre21
- The High Potential Quebec website (The Documents section offers great resources for parents)
- They are too smart for the regular school, Journal de Montreal, 2018
- Giftedness in children, a diagnosis that is not always encouraging Radio Canada, 2018
- Who are children with high intellectual potential (HPI)? Brigitte Vuille & Marc Sieber, Swiss Journal of Specialized Education, 2013