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5 Ways To Develop Children’s Talents At Home

As coronavirus continues to spread, parents and teachers are struggling to keep their children occupied and motivated for learning. The governmental restrictions have caused schools in most countries to be closed and classes to be maintained online. This has presented challenges for both parents and teachers, who on one side want their children to get the most out of these online classes, but also for teachers who face difficulties teaching online. However, the situation is momentary and it is expected that soon we will be back to normality. In this context below we have highlighted some tips on how teachers can continue their efforts for developing children’s talents via online tools.

Help yourself to help others

Talent is more than a natural ability or an inborn thing. As much as playing soccer, singing, or math skills come naturally to some kids, talent has to be developed more often than not. Unfortunately, many parents and their kids don’t understand this simple fact. Many see the perfection that is portrayed by professional soccer players or singers on TV and forget the long months of practice that those professionals put in just to perfect their art.

As a teacher, you have a role to play in reminding your students that they must put in hours of hard work and practice if they are to discover and grow their talents. This is a significant role that comes with a lot of responsibility. Since you are also stuck at home and don’t have to run from one classroom to the other, you might consider attending job training courses that specialize in teaching in order to develop your own skills. As a result you will be more prepared to help your pupils.

Let’s take a deeper look at 5 proven ways to uncover and develop your students’ talents in the classroom.

1.         Provide opportunities

You must give a talent enough room to develop and flourish. And because a kid might not be getting enough openings to develop his talents at home, you could have a bigger responsibility in your hands than you imagine.

According to Blerta from Probleme.me “if the talent is suppressed throughout a kid’s formative years, chances of it developing to its full potential dwindle exponentially”. In that case, you need to be very observant of the things your students love to do within the classroom and then help each kid pursue his/her interests by teaching him new skills, giving him exposure to topics relevant to his talents, and offering him a chance to take part in talent-building activities.

If a kid has a hidden talent in playing a given instrument, for example, encourage her to join the school music club where her talent can emerge and blossom. If a kid is great at telling stories, help her hone her skills in debate and journalism by enrolling her in the school debate club.

2.         Help them find role models

Start by being a good role model and a reliable source of inspiration. Follow that up by helping your child find the right role models. If the kid can dance, find a celebrated dancer who has excelled in the field not only due to her dancing skills but also because of her high moral standing. Encourage the kid to mimic the role model’s skills, but be careful not to expect perfection. Being his/her cheerleader will propel her to a higher level of skill.

3.         Organize talent programs

These programs are good at recognizing the signs of talented children. Accept that each one of your students is gifted in a unique way, even if some of them don’t seem to be talented in any way. Make it mandatory for all learners to join at least one program per semester

4.         Open her doors for background enrichment

Your job is to broaden and enrich the kid’s understanding of the skills he has and the ones he aspires to attain. You will inspire his drive-by helping him familiarize himself with the achievements of other people who have/had the same abilities as he does. Let her experience the achievements and techniques of experts firsthand and whenever possible, give him a chance to witness them in action. Arrange a theater trip for the kids who love acting and then when you return, ask them to mimic the actors they interacted with. If a kid loves swimming, provide her with fun facts and insights that will open her doors for background enrichment.

5.         Foster a healthy teacher-student relationship

As long as you have to implement rules and maintain top levels of discipline, you should be careful not to come out as an authoritarian. Try to build a healthy relationship with each student. Show every student love and support even in the midst of a rollercoaster of mistakes and setbacks. If you have children in the classroom who might have speech problems, make sure to help them with speech therapy. This can be done by coordinating efforts with their speech therapist. Work closely with them to help them find their talent so that they do not feel left out because of their problem. This approach bolsters a safe space for learning and makes it easier for kids to approach you with thought-provoking inquiries. That healthy relationship will set the stage for continued growth.

Conclusion

As we conclude, it is important to appreciate that each kid has unique skills and talents that you will only discover when you walk beside the kid. The most fulfilling part of being an educator is that every child that passes through your hands is a chance for you to make the world a better place. That is why you must put in tons of effort in developing each child’s natural aptitudes.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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