The II International Seminar of Creativity, Talent and Giftedness took place in Guarapuava, located in the South of Brazil, along with the II Paraná Journey of High Skills /Giftedness. From 8th to 11th of October 2019, I joined the event to be part of the debates, lectures, papers presentations, workshops about the vulnerabilities, perspectives and dialogs about the major theme.
Unicentro and Smart Play invited me to facilitate a workshop for 15 people, using LEGO® Serious Play® to discuss the educational challenges that the participants face with giftedness persons.
The activity happened in the morning of the second day of the event. The workshop design was crafted in collaboration with Jorge Secco Caetano and included: the skills building, AT1 and AT3.
I had the opportunity to receive eight gifted students in the workshop, they interacted with the teachers, graduation’s students and other professionals that were present in the room for four hours. It is an uncommon situation to have the gifted students joining this type of event, some of them were teenagers. On the other hand, the teacher responsible for their participation was Maria, who is also responsible for the multifunctional resource room that these students attend overtime in their school in Cascavel (242km far from Guarapuava). That is one of the motives that made their presence and participation in the workshop, that was so amazing and enriching.
THE SHARING / CONTRIBUITIONS
We crafted questions that lead the participants to talk about their motivation, inspiration, better self and challenges inside the classroom and in the educational context. Some of the stories that I heard were touching, difficult and revealed suffering.
In the model about the nightmare in the classroom, one of the students build a prison around him and told that he felt like that during the classes. Another student put herself in the middle of the construction, surrounded by eyes and barriers that left her with no way out of that uncomfortable situation. Other young man told about his experiences with bullying, where the harassments were like a cutting and rotating blade that attacks and destroy the person. He says that the teacher can see that bullying had happened but didn’t care. The young man said: “The most destroyed the person is, the less bright his own light becomes. It is recoverable, but almost impossible to recover. This was the school’s nightmare for me”
In the model about their better self in their relationship whit education, they brought the feeling of joy when they understood the subject and turn in to knowledge, feeling like a champion. Also talked about the fight with the content of the classes and the challenge of being seen as different, making more difficult to achieve their goals.
About the educational challenges that they faced, they listed: teacher’s commitment, communication between the school and the families, respect to their individuality, more creative and fun classes, authoritarianism, teacher training, mental health and school culture.
This activity allowed a rich exchange of experiences between the participants. The students felt safe and were glad to have a place to speak about their frustrations and difficulties, and the teachers could talk about their point of view and personal challenges.
Trough the constructions, I could identify a student that were in deep suffering and talk about it with his teacher. She said that he is been supported by the family, the school and psychological treatments.
The workshop had great repercussion among the event’s community!
This LSP® workshop had the capacity to positively impact the life of giftedness people, their families and the society. It can help to integrate these individuals to their community and increase the feeling of belonging.
When establishing a secure dialogue channel and reflection practice, we can help these people to develop their potential, build their self-esteem and strength their autonomy. This would decrease psychic and emotional suffering and let them use their high skills to create innovation, solve complex problems, express themselves through art, excel in sports and contribute greatly to society.
Where can we apply? Through a certified LSP® facilitator to public schools attended by multifunctional resource rooms, clinics working with giftedness young people, universities conducting researches in this area, events with this theme, parents and family’s associations.
Who can benefit from? Teachers, gifted students, teaching staff, professionals like psychologists, psych pedagogues, parents and family.
For what purpose? Discuss challenges within the classroom, debate how to make classes more interesting for students with high skills, how to integrate work done in the multifunctional resource room with the regular classroom, how to interact with students and young people with high skills, how to improve the school environment to serve and welcome giftedness students, give space for the expression of their needs, vulnerabilities and perceptions promoting collaboration, developing their potentials and reducing their psychological and emotional suffering (consequently aggression, dropout, inappropriate behavior, frustration, depression, bullying and suicides).
* Thank you, Jorge Caetano, for your support and LSP kits that made this workshop and article become real