What does it take to inspiremeaningful change?
Learning is an authentic lifelong process, one that happens in the moment. It’s not a destination or an end-of-semester grade. It’s a journey both for living and for life, and Lisa Doyle, a special education teacher at Parap Primary School, knew just how important it was for her gifted learners to gain this awareness for their own well-being and success.
“Some of my gifted students carried a burdened sense of I am gifted, what does that mean,” Lisa says. “Anxiety crept into much of their daily lives. Some of the kids used to say that giftedness was their curse.”
With the help of Solution Fluency and a special program focusing on letting participants express their unique talents in the best possible ways, Lisa showed her students how to see their gifts and the paths they could lead them on in a whole new light.
How do we plot a path to success?
“I entered my students into the Tournament of Minds this year. The students were from a range of year levels and a range of abilities,” explains Lisa. The Tournament of Minds is a very unique problem-solving program for teams of students from both the primary and secondary years.
One of the most challenging facets of the TOM is that during the six weeks leading up to it, all work is done independently. That means teachers can’t offer any guidance to students while they craft their presentations.
“Solution Fluency became our lifeline as, although I could not offer any help or ideas at all, we could still talk about the 6Ds and where they were in their journey of solving their problem,” Lisa recalls.
In the end, the disconnect didn’t keep Lisa’s gifted learners from achieving success, as she reveals. “My team won their division for Tournament of Minds and will represent the NT in Adelaide at the Australasian Pacific Finals later this year.”