Needs of students with high skills How can they be of service to students with specific needs?

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Teaching, Learning and Education

Year: 2021


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Needs of students with high skills How can they be of service to students with specific needs?

Maria de Fátima Ferreira Figueiredo de Almeida



Schools must abandon the idea that we can reach every child if we work for an average, since, as has been stated, and it will be recalled in this article, the average does not exist. There is a pattern that does not intend to camouflage each singularity present in the school and in the classroom. We have been sharing in teacher’s training ways to attend to the talent that exists in the school. The practice of projects allows not to leave these students behind, projects that take place inside and outside the classroom, putting into practice, in this latter case, active methodologies based on universal design for learning (UDL). We present national and international projects that we have been moving in and that, with the primary objective of expanding the talent of students with high skills, promoting global inclusion in dynamics of vertical mentoring: students (mentees) with high potential in one or more areas (STREAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, reading and writing) build activities for younger students, with difficulties, namely reading and writing, making them more dynamic, a construction that is mentored by older students, with the guidance of teachers . Everything that is done contributes to the development of all the essential skills for lifelong learning. In this paper we also present some preliminary results on the perception of the impact of parents, students and teachers on projects that have already been completed and that allow us to continue to invest in this active form of teaching and learning.

Keywords: Giftedness; learning difficulties; UDL; peer tutoring; inclusion.