Arts in Education

The guiding of (highly) gifted children

In recent years, a good structure has been created where results are analysed on school-, group-, and student levels and where high goals are established on all levels.

We notice that growth in revenues is mostly looked for and found through influencing low scores. Students and components which receive C-, D- and E-scores are given more focus and motivation. Great improvements have been made here and these interventions have proven helpful. Therefore we will surely maintain this way of working.

Also, we now want to search for the growth that can take place at “the top”. How can we answer the needs these high-scoring children have in development and guidance?

Can we also improve the well-being of these children and improve positive participation in social context inside schools?

Can we develop talents and stimulate excellency?

Pilot art coaching

In education for (highly) gifted children and so within this form of coaching and guidance, recognition, motivation and creativity are central concepts.

The future direction of our “being”, is one where all fields of expertise, cultural developments and organisations will be part of a holografic model; a model where these elements are connected. (According to several new scientific theories this term is also used in the integraltheory). Today’s children face media every day which create connections all over the world, all knowledge and information is available through Google. It’s a future where children have to learn to create their own identity in a very big world. The concept “me-in-connection-to..” will become a challenge is education.

Children who are regarded as (highly) intelligent, highly sensitive or visual thinkers by their parents, teachers and surrounding people will be able to take on the challenge of “me-in-connection-to..” together with education experts who can let the child learn.

A unique and creative way of giving this kind of guidance, is art coaching for children. A method where both the visual and theoretical part of the concept “art” are used to stimulate and move the child. This is done in order to learn to come up with creative solutions, to visualize the way the child relates to it’s surrounding society, to learn to think out of the box, to discover hidden talents and to convert creativity to a form as broad as possible. A child can use this throughout his/her career to show that he/she is not only intelligent; he/she has other (and perhaps even more) valuable talents. This means that the elements used in art are linked to other insights and structures within the child: cognition, new knowledge, creative solutions and school.

Art coaching provides information, inspiration and motivation for the child. It is important that the obtained information is translated into a good educational plan. A close collaboration with the guiding education expert is very important here.

When art coaching for children is applied to education for this target group, art becomes a way of connecting the child to society and putting this into an educational model. It will soon become clear that art is not just a pretty picture, it is filled with information. Highly intelligent children, highly sensitive children and visual thinkers are capable of understanding this.

 

An example: Art coaching at upper elementary school St. Gerlachus - Houthem.