This lesson was devoted to gifted students. Our teacher María brought a guest speaker called Mª Luz, a consultant at AVAST (Asociación Valenciana de Apoyo al Superdotado y Talentoso) and a teachers’ instructor in terms of how to teach to gifted students. The reason why she works in this field is because her son and her daughter are gifted children. Therefore, by learning how to help them, she became an expert in this area.
Mª Luz began telling us that every teacher’s wish should be to be remembered. But not only by those who have a good behaviour and have good marks, also by those students who have different characteristics from the rest of the class, such as gifted students. Teachers need to see them, to know how they are and to be willing to help them.
Firstly, she asked us how we thought they were, physically and concerning personality, and she explained us how they actually are. In effect, Mª Luz told us that there were many false myths about them that every teacher should know. We, teachers, should be aware of the importance of paying attention to students’ diversity because that is what will grow the education quality. Besides, she also referred to the legislation regarding this kind of students, how they are considered by the law.
Secondly, Mª Luz described the kind of problems that these students can cause inside a class, why we should identify them and how we should do it. In addition, she also informed us about how many gifted students there are in Spain and how many of them are officially recognized.
Then, she clarified the difference between some concepts that society nowadays may confuse: child prodigy, talent, exceptionally gifted child, precocious child and high capacity child. Afterwards, we watched a video of Juan Carlos from Jaén, a teenager that told his personal experience as a gifted student. At that point, she revealed which attitudes should attract our attention to identify a gifted student and which intervention strategies and measures we should take if so.
Finally, she put much emphasis on the usefulness of new technologies when dealing with this kind of students, like Socrative and eTwinning platforms, the flipped classroom and the introduction of emotional intelligence.
In conclusion, Mª Luz expressed the necessity of integrating gifted students in class and of adapting our teaching to them, because they will also be part of our class as the other students. We are very grateful that she devoted her time to explain such important issue to us. Thank you very much, Mª Luz!