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Tools to Recognize And Challenge Gifted Students- Webinar By Dr Lannie Kanevsky

Dr. Lannie Kanevsky
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University, Canada

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” DPSS-HRDC organized an online webinar on a very unique and thought-provoking subject, ‘Tools to recognize and challenge Gifted Students’ on July 30, 2021. The webinar was attended by DPS Greater Faridabad faculty, Ms. Rachna Kumar, Department of English.

The opening mind-bending words by the resource person Prof. Lannie Kanevsky, instantly gripped the attention of all the participants. “Keeping in mind that developed talents exist only in adults, I proposed a definition of giftedness in children to denote their potential for becoming critically acclaimed performers or exemplary producers of ideas in spheres of activity that enhance the moral, physically, emotional, social, intellectual or aesthetic life of humanity.”  Dr. Lannie highlighted various tools and strategies to recognize the gifted students in a classroom and what kind of learning environment is suitable for such highly-able learners. Some of the physical, social and psychological characteristics of the classroom settings in which these students learn better are-

  • Accepting (versus judging)
  • Complex (versus simple)
  • Flexible (versus simple)
  • High Mobility (versus low mobility)
  • Learner Centered (versus teacher-centered)
  • Independent (versus dependent)
  • Open (versus closed)
  • Varied Groupings (versus fixed groupings)

Further Dr. Lannie introduced a tool that identifies the types of differentiation a student needs most, based on the Brilliant Behaviours they demonstrate when engaged in a challenging activity, i.e., Differentiation Strategy, that includes Opportunities for Reasoning and Reflection. An environment should be created in the classroom for Open-Ended Learning Experiences which would involve open-ended questions, activities, projects and methods of instructions. This learning experience must be followed by an Evaluation to raise or change the students’ regular expectations for grading. “What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades but a different way of looking at the world and learning.”

Dr. Lannie has been awarded with many accolades and honors, in recognition of her work in the field of education. The session was attended by around 165 faculty members from DPS Schools across the nation. It was quite an interactive and enriching two hour long session that culminated with an intriguing question-answer round.