Building Inclusive Classrooms

Build community first, Differentiate second

Getting Started on setting up a Gifted & Talented programme in your school

Course blurb

Can we build inclusive classrooms where all learners needs are met? Arising from her new book ‘The Gifted Learner: How to Help’, Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, MSc., BEd., argues that classrooms that respond to gifted and talented learners’ needs can meet the needs of all learners.

She is delighted to offer this newly created course. Two and a half years in the making, she draws from research and practice informed by nineteen case studies with gifted learners ranging from 10 years – 58 years of age with learners represented at primary, second-level, third-level and adulthood. Her work draws on a total of 57 interviews conducted with students, parents and a ‘nominated’ teacher who gifted learners felt understood them.

This course spans a wide range of learners. It highlights how to identify, recognise, understand and support the gifted and talented learner, the underachieving gifted learner and the twice-exceptional (2e) learner, ie., a student with a gift and a disability.

Usefully, each chapter contains a ‘how to help’ section for parents and teachers (see attached flyer for further information).

She discusses the key components of setting up a Gifted and Talented programme in your school.

Intended Audience
Teachers, Parents, Guidance Counsellors, School Management, Students

Expected Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  1. Explore what giftedness is and how to identify a gifted and talented learner drawing on an originally-designed framework by the author.
  2. Identify fascinating differences between high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers.
  3. Recognise the gifted under-achiever and ways to better understand and support them.
  4. Identify and discuss the ‘twice-exceptional’ (2e) learner, a student with both a gift and a learning difficulty, how to better understand and support them.
  5. Explore ways to accommodate and include gifted and talented learners across the school and within the classroom. Throughout, you will hear student voices highlight practical ways to understand and support learners, drawing on useful resources.

Webinar duration
1hr 15 mins

Time will be allowed for Questions.