A gifted child will get high marks during the first years of school without having to put a lot of effort into it. However, as soon as the lessons get more intricate it becomes apparent that the child is missing vital skills.
Things that seemed perfect when done orally – like a presentation, for example- are inaccurate and insufficient when written down. The missing skills here are planning and structuring, those skills that others already have developed because they had to learn how to study.
All of a sudden a child will lag behind in his/her class, even though intellectually the child has proven to be very strong. Mistakes lead to frustration, frustration turns into unhappiness, making friends seems to become impossible. The child becomes isolated.
At that point I would like to help. Better still: I would like to come and help a long time before these problems occur.
Step 1. I will help identifying talented and gifted students
Underachieving, looking out of the window, having a difficult time working in teams, withdrawing altogether- all these reactions possibly indicate giftedness. But not necessarily. That’s why I help teachers and tutors to identify giftedness using simple steps. This is the first step.
Step 2. I show you how to improve your study skills
Fortunately, you can teach a gifted child how to study, too. Teaching them planning and structuring skills, for example. Helping them to dare make mistakes. I help the children own their learning process: They develop skills that are necessary for the task ahead. Without their problems weighing down on them the children are able to develop, both intellectually and socially. And that’s noticeable.
It is important that the material offered during lessons is adapted to each child’s individual understanding of the world, as well as his/her cognitive ability. This in turn helps the children understand and take the world as it is.