Learning Differences: Gifted and Talented

Learning Differences at Blue Gum Montessori School

Blue Gum Montessori School has an established Learning Differences Unit. Learning Differences teachers work in all three cycles of the school and manage the support of students. We seek to raise levels of achievement by providing support and guidance to students who experience difficulties or require extension in any aspect of their learning. Through appropriate intervention, we aim to help build confidence, self-esteem and sense of knowing to remove barriers and enable pupils to realise their full potential.

We use a variety of teaching approaches, classroom support or small-group teaching and individual one-to-one sessions. New strategies and technologies are a key part of best practice in creating an inclusive and dynamic learning experience. Students sometimes require sessions for difficulties relating to phonics, basic literacy, numeracy skills and handwriting or merely knowing their next steps.

We also work closely with professionals with expertise in specific learning difficulties and special educational needs to ensure that the needs of individual students can be met.

Is the Blue Gum Montessori School classroom the right place for a gifted child?

We believe the answer is a qualified “yes”. Just as in many educational conundrums, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer. Each school and family will have to thoughtfully consider the needs and gifts of each individual child.

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

What does a gifted child need in school?

Gifted children need certain things from a school environment. There are some distinctive traits that Blue Gum Montessori School has that make us a great fit for gifted students. BGMS:

  • has enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers.
  • uses a world Montessori curriculum alongside the Australian and Western Australian curriculum.
  • reinforces student’s learning through multi-age classrooms.
  • encourages parent education and involvement in their child’s learning.
  • provides the freedom of choice and the ability to explore areas of interest.

The Importance of Parent/Teacher Communication

The success of a gifted child at BGMS is going to depend more on the attitude, knowledge and collaboration between the family and the teachers. The Montessori method is tailor-made for the gifted child.

The parents must be sure to communicate with the teacher(s) and school staff before the child begins at BGMS. It is important to submit all reports to make sure everyone understands the specific needs of the child. Expectations must be shared from both parties, and they must be ready to make some compromises, if necessary, to ensure the well-being of the child. So working in partnership is imperative. We understand for Gifted and Talented cognitive assessments are not recommended until a child is over the age of 7. This will mean most children will be halfway through the second cycle. We welcome input and collaboration with the family.