My blogs about Gifted Education

Beiträge mit Schlagwort ‘gifted and talented children’

My Interview with Marc Webb

Have you seen the movie Gifted? I saw it two times and I can see it more and more.

Both times, I was invited by the Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film company International and I appreciate it.

They also organised my Interviews with Marc Webb and Mckenna Grace.

Marc was busy with making another movie but he gave me time to ask him my questions. Thank you, Marc!

Here is my interview:

I love Saturn – The way to understand gifted children

One day a mother came in my center and she was looking for consulting for her 3years old daughter. She said that her daughter could read books, writes in English and German and that she was very interested to learn more about everything but especially about planets, space and gallaxy.
I still wanted to experience herself, that she can read.  From the shelf I gave her a randomly chosen book and she began to read fluently. I did not trust my eyes anymore. That little girl looked like other children of her age but her ability made a huge difference.  Her mother said that she did not feel well in kindergarten and was very lonely and bored.
I asked the little girl, which planet is your favorite? She looked in my eyes  with her bright eyes and answered: “ Saturn“. I tried to to look cool and appealing and asked her again: “ oh because of ringy, bingy around it?“ She threw a serious look at me and said : „This is not a ringy BINGY! It is all about compressed gases by ….“ and she told me about the  physical and scientific facts about Saturn. I was just speechless.
That was one of several talented children, we help  daily in Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children but not all are the same and equal.
Gifted children like other children have different profiles, different problems and different needs.
Of course not all of them are able to write or read early but they have many or all of the following characteristics that are usually associated with giftedness in the early years. Young children who are potentially gifted often:
  • have a high energy level
  • have a wide range of interests
  • Have a great memory
  • advanced vocabulary
  • Perfectionistic
  • Very creative
  • Prefer older companions or adults
  • Have a great sense of humor
  • Highly sensitive
Fact is that all these characteristics make raising a gifted child very difficult or better to say challenging for parents. These kids need a diverse program to better promote their needs and their talents. It is very important that the interests of the child are taken into account. High interest provides greater motivation and concentration and better results, otherwise they  often react bored, stubborn and even angry, if there is no interest for the topic or due to repetition. As a parent of these children a lot of patience, understanding, calmness and positive thinking is a necessity.
To better understand these children it is very important for parents, educators and teachers to inform themselves about the topic.

My passion is Gifted Children – Interview with Mrs. Jackie Drummer

In August 2007 England was host of the 17th Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference.

I attended that Conference and met a lot of great people there. One of them was Jackie Drummer with her husband. Since we share the same passion, we became friends very quickly. She is a truely passionate gifted educator and always ready to give her support, when it is needed. I appreciate her work and friendship a lot.

Who is Jackie Drummer?

Jackie Drummer is a Past President of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. She has taught in all levels of education, from early childhood to graduate school, and is currently the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Differentiation Specialist for the School District of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jackie is in high demand as an educational consultant, and has presented in over sixty school districts and educational agencies in the United States on topics related to gifted education, co-teaching, differentiation, and coaching teachers to higher levels of effectiveness. Jackie has been described as a „teacher’s teacher,“ and is a certified literacy, team/organizational, and transformational coach. She is the wife of a gifted artist, and the mother of three grown gifted children, and her passion is helping people of all ages reach their fullest potential. In her spare time, she can be found writing, traveling, and making beautiful music with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Today is her birthday but she agreed to give me her time for this interview. I hope you will enjoy and take her advice to heart.

„Happy Birthday Jackie!“


Gifted Education in Spain – Interview with Prof. Dr. Javier Tourón

Today I interviewed Prof. Dr. Javier Tourón from Spain. He is one of the members of our Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children. Javier Tourón is a professor in the Department of Education, University of Navarra, Doctor of Science in Education and Sciences. He is Professor of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education.

Past-President of the European Council for High Ability (2000-2004) and Member of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins(2003-2011) was the founder and director of the center for providing education tostudents in high capacity CTY Spain, Johns Hopkins University Center for TalentedYouth International Charter Member.

I am very grateful, that he gave me time for this interview via skype.

My special thanks to my dear colleague, Mrs. Dagiadi Wagner, who helped me with  translating  from english to spanish.

What motivated you to become a researcher in Gifted Education?

In 1993, I discovered the world of high ability children out of professional curiosity. Of course, giftedness has always been one of the most important variables in differential pedagogy.

In 1994 I attended the first congress of ECHA in Holland and since then actively participated in all that have been held around Europe.

Another important fact that has helped me to further study and research in this field was my relationship with Julian Stanley whom I met in Iowa in 1995. My relationship with CTY at Johns Hopkins led me to found and direct CTY Spain between 2001 and 2011.

When you discover the potential and the need of many children, parents and teachers get the feeling that you are doing something that deserves a life of dedication. As Professor Stanley „they need us now to us, but we need them tomorrow.“

What would you advise teachers of gifted kids?

I would recommend teachers to make themselves aware of the research and studies carried out in the world and to constantly improve their educational practice. Study and be convinced that their work is important for our students and their families.

Share their experiences with other teachers and be true advocates of a worthwhile cause. Many of our colleagues believe that equality is to treat all students the same way, but this is only true for those who are equal, and children of high ability and talent are different and need help and a differential.

Teachers must convince their colleagues that an education that caters for diversity is a bad education.

– It seems everyone has an opinion about No Child Left Behind, so could you share your thoughts or feelings about it?

The No Child Left Behind is a great effort to help less able children, but that should not mean ignoring the most advanced capabilities.

In fact in international studies it is clear that opting for systems not including curriculum differentiation in the classroom effectively end up not helping anyone.

Nobody is left behind to be understood, in my view, so comprehensively. A high-capacity child does not develop its full potential too far behind.

 – What frustrates you the most regarding gifted education?

For me, no doubt, the most frustrating thing is the slowness of managers to make decisions and set effective educational policies quickly. Children do not have time.

On the other hand the prejudices of teachers and principals who have little idea of the problem talking as if they had read whole libraries. You have to read more and comment less

– What do you wish for a better future of gifted education worldwide?

That governments are persuaded that the best guarantee for the future lies in developing the talents of the ablest and legislate accordingly.

Teachers to become partners in the exciting task of educating these children, rather than enemies.

Finally, families come together effectively and do not hide the talent of their children, to fight for their developed life.


1. Que lo ha motivado a ser un investigador en el área de la educación de los sobredotados?

En el año 1993 descubrí por mero interés intelectual el mundo de los niños de alta capacidad. En realidad la capacidad siempre ha sido una de las variables más importantes dentro de la Pedagogía Diferencial. En 1994 asistí al primer congreso de ECHA en Holanda y desde entonces participé activamente en todos los que se han celebrado alrededor de Europa. Otro hecho importante que me ha ayudado a profundizar en el estudio y la investigación en este campo fue mi relación con Julian Stanley a quien conocí en Iowa en 1995. Mi relación con CTY de la Universidad Johns Hopkins me llevó a fundar y dirigir CTY España entre 2001y 2011. Cuando se descubre el potencial y la necesidad de tantos niños, padres y profesores uno tiene la sensación de que está haciendo algo que merece todo una vida de dedicación. Como decía el profesor Stanley „ellos nos necesitan ahora a nosotros, pero nosotros los necesitaremos a ellos mañana“.  

Que recomendaría usted a profesores de niños sobredotados?

A los profesores les recomendaría que estuviesen muy al tanto e la investigación y de los estudios que se llevan a cabo en el mundo constantemente para mejorar la práctica educativa. Que estudien y que estén persuadidos de que su trabajo es esencial para sus alumnos y para sus familias. Que compartan sus experiencias con otros profesores y que sean verdaderos abogados de una causa que merece la pena. Muchos de sus compañeros creen que la igualdad es tratar a todos los alumnos de la misma manera, pero eso solo es cierto para los que son iguales, y los niños de alta capacidad y con talento son diferentes y necesitan y¡una ayuda diferencial. Los profesores deben convencer a sus colegas de que una educación que no atiende a la diversidad es una mala educación.

– Parece que hay muchos puntos de vista acerca de no dejar a Ningún niño atrás (inclusión educativa), podría entonces compartir con nosotros sus opiniones y sus puntos de vista acerca de este tema?

El No Child Left Behind es un intento estupendo de ayudar a los niños de menos capacidad, pero eso no debe significar el ignorar las capacidades de los más avanzados. De hecho en los estudios internacionales se ve claramente que los sistemas que optan por la inclusión, pero sin diferenciación curricular en el aula acaban por no ayudar eficazmente a nadie. Que nadie se quede atrás debe entenderse, a mi juicio, de manera comprensiva. Un niño de alta capacidad que no desarrolla todo su potencial también se queda atrás.

– Que lo frustra mas acerca de la aplicación en el tema de educación del niño sobredotado?

Para mí, sin duda, lo más frustrante es la lentitud de los administradores para tomar decisiones y establecer políticas educativas eficaces con rapidez. Los niños no tienen tiempo. Por otra parte los prejuicios de los profesores y directores escolares, que sin tener mucha idea de la problemática opinan como si se hubiesen leído bibliotecas enteras. Hay que leer más y opinar menos

– Cual es su deseo para un mejor futuro de la educación para niños sobredotados en el mundo?

Que los gobiernos se persuadan de que la mejor garantía de futuro está en el desarrollo del talento de los más capaces y legislen de acuerdo a ello. Que los profesores se conviertan en aliados en la apasionante tarea de educar a estos niños, en lugar de en enemigos. Finalmente que las familias se unan eficazmente y que no escondan el talento de sus hijos, que luchen por su desarrrollo.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Javier Tourón – May 2nd 2012