Starting from the characteristics of gifted children I propose a teaching oriented to the talents’ development of each student. Children and young people with giftedness manifest specific needs that teacher should know, to promote inclusive teaching and, therefore, participation and well-being. Adopting a Teaching for the Talents’ Development means finding a balance between a specific teaching for students with giftedness and an inclusive teaching, oriented towards the involvement of all. In this sense, I think that teacher can practice strategies that encourage the talents’ development of each student.
The book consists of five chapters: the first three chapters offer a theoretical framework, from the history of the concept of giftedness, proposing various models that offer different definitions of giftedness and talent, and then treat the characteristics of gifted children; the concept of intelligence in pedagogical key; the underachievement and the phenomenon of twice-exceptionality at school.
I believe that knowing and deepening some aspects of giftedness is useful for teachers to develop a refined critical sense, to choose independently, and in line with the objectives set by current school legislation, best educational practices to involve all pupils in the classroom. The didactic strategies suggested by the references are described in the last two chapters, offering both cues for reflection and operational suggestions to manage the classroom through the perspective of talent. In addition, there are operational cards spendable in everyday life.
The book is a useful tool for all teachers who want to acquire knowledge, broaden perspectives and find new ideas for (r)innovate teaching with the aim of managing all the nuances of human talent.