For educators

Educators are incredibly important to gifted children. Like no other, you are aware of what educational needs the children in your class need. Giftedness is just one of many things you need to know about. However Take on Talents thinks gifted children need just that little bit extra. Our passion is to help gifted children to be the best version of themselves. We hope that you, as a passionate educational professional, want to help us with that!

I’M NEW TO TEACHING GIFTED CHILDREN

Teachers are incredibly important to gifted children. Like no other, you are aware of what educational needs the children in your class need. Giftedness is just one of many things you need to know about. However Take on Talents thinks gifted children need just that little bit extra. Our passion is to help gifted children to be the best version of themselves. We hope that you, as a passionate teacher, want to help us with that!

Joels story:

“I’m a teacher at a middle school in Virginia. Until recently, I didn’t know much about giftedness. I didn’t think about it as a problem, just that some students are better compared to others. Now I read about the 7 challenges of the gifted child, it all makes more sense. I would love to learn more about above average ability children here at Take on Talents. So I can do my job of preparing the teenagers for life even better!”

 

I HAVE (SOME) EXPERIENCE TEACHING GIFTED CHILDREN

You’ve been a teacher for a while and you’re well familiar with giftedness. However you realize you’ll always stay a student yourself: there is always more to learn. Maybe you’d like to know more about twice exceptionals, or do you want to stay up to date about the latest developments on giftedness. All is possible, you’re very welcome at Take on Talents. If there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know.

Catherine’s story:

“I teach in elementary school, third grade. The kids in my class are usually 8-9 years old. They are old enough to understand many things but still young enough to be open for change. I remember my first encounter with a gifted child in my class very well, I had no clue what to do. Nowadays, 15 years later, I’m a coordinator for gifted children at my school. It isn’t easy always, but the best reward is seeing children grow and believe in themselves again. Through Take on Talents I make sure I stay up to date.”

What does Take on Talents do?

We’re aiming to improve the world for gifted children. We have many tools available like: coaching, our e-course for parents, the book ‘the 7 challenges of the gifted child’ and much more.

Can we meet in real life?

Yes we can, however we work throughout the United States and are therefore not in one place all the time. Feel free to contact us to find out whether we can arrange a meeting.

In which states are you working?

We work throughout the United States and don’t exclude any areas.

Who are the people behind Take on Talents?

You can read more about us at the ‘about us’ section.

Where are you based?

We are nomads and therefore don’t have one specific office in the United States. Our headquarters are in the Netherlands, in the wonderful city of Amsterdam.

Why did you start Take on Talents?

Because we want to make the world a bit nicer for gifted children who face the challenges of their intelligence. We are gifted and had quite some difficulties when we were younger.

What is giftedness?

The National Association of Gifted Children states: “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

How do I recognize a gifted child in my class?

There are some signs of giftedness that are easy to recognize. Once you are used to working with gifted children, you will learn to recognize these students easier.

  1. Learns rapidly, easily, and efficiently
  2. Has exceptionally large vocabulary for their age
  3. Demonstrates unusual reasoning power
  4. Has an unusually strong memory, but is bored with memorization and recitation
  5. Needs little outside control — applies self discipline
  6. Has a liking for structure, order, and consistency
  7. Is flexible in thinking patterns; makes unusual associations between remote ideas
  8. Displays a great curiosity about objects, situations, or events; asks provocative questions
  9. Makes good grades in most subjects
  10. Has a power of concentration, an intense attention that excludes all else
  11. Provides very alert, rapid answers to questions
  12. Is resourceful, solving problems by ingenious methods
  13. Has avid interest in science or literature
  14. Reveals originality in oral and written expression
  15. Has a power of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis
  16. Is secure emotionally
  17. Tends to dominate peers or situations
  18. Uses a lot of commonsense
  19. Displays a willingness to accept complexity
  20. Is perceptually open to his or her environment