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Teachers Section

Teaching in Ireland today is very different from twenty or even ten years ago. The classroom can be a a very challenging envrionment for both teacher and pupil, given the large classroom sizes and the range of special educational needs of students. We hope that by supplying a list of resources and reading material that teachers will be better able to support their exceptionally able and twice exceptional pupils.

A full and indepth course in Gifted Education designed for teachers and commissioned by the Australian Government can be downloaded in it's entirety and for free here. The I.C.E.P.E. also run an excellent online CPD course for teachers entitled: Teaching Gifted and Talented Students: Rising to the challenge of highly able learners.

If your school is interested in developing a gifted education policy we would recommend that your starting point is the NCCA Exceptionally Able Students - Draft Guidelines for Teachers. Below is our presentation which looks at the complex area of indentification of gifted learners.

We are currently still developing the Teachers Section, if you would like to make a suggestion or contribute an article please send them by email to info@giftedkids.ie


Indentifying the Exceptionally Able “Identification of the Gifted and Talented can pose a problem to teachers and education professionals because they are not a homogenous group. The typical picture of the highly able child is of a hard working pupil who diligently completes work and perhaps is known as the class “swot” or “brain box”. In reality the picture is more complex than that. Alongside the gifted achievers are those who – despite their gifts and talents – persistently underachieve due to boredom, lack of interest or crippling perfectionism, young people who are cognitively advanced enough to play games with complex rule structures and yet not socially mature enough to deal with the frustration that occurs when their peers cannot grasp their game; children whose giftedness may be masked by the fact that they are not being educated in their first language or also who have a disability.”
From “Gifted and Talented In and Out of the Classroom”, A Report for the Council of Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) February 26th 2006

Dual Exceptionality in the Classroom Many people still struggle to comprehend that a child can be gifted but also have learning challenges or even sometimes profound disabilities. . As a result, children with special needs that result from both their high abilities and their learning difficulties are difficult to identify both inside and outside of the classroom. Subsequently this group within the gifted spectrum is often poorly served. As Susan Winebrenner puts it in her Teaching Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students: "The most serious challenge is that the giftedness will go unnoticed and unaccommodated in favor of attending to learning deficits."

Role of School For most children school is where they start to really develop their own personalities away from their families; interacting with others from different backgrounds without parents' interference. School forms a large part of a child's life and whether a child is considered exceptionally able or not, a good experience of school can set the tone for both good work practices and general self esteem issues for many years to come. The role of the School in any child's life, therefore, is critical to a child's development. It follows then that teachers have also a key role to play. . . .


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The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children invite you to take part in the 20th anniversary conference- celebrating giftedness and creativity- which will be taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, USA this year from Aug. 10th to 14th. The call for papers/submissions will end on May 25th, so don't miss out!
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Check out the parents and teachers blog launched by Giftedkids.ie - Fidget Jones Diary - a sometimes tongue in cheek look at the realities of parenting or teaching a gifted child in Ireland.

Disclaimer: This is not an expert site, it is run on a voluntary basis and as such is based on opinion and experience but we hope that it acts as a signpost for educational resources and other support services for Irish families with exceptionally able children. By using this website you accept that any dependence by you on such information, opinion or advice is at your own risk.

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