Talent development in education – an introduction

Talent development in education – an introduction


Talent development in education - an introduction - Timo Wesenaar - Educational Design Expedition EDEx 2018

Talent (development) in education is something that my team and I strive for. In this post I’m going to give you an introduction in talent development.

In our opinion talent is that what makes you unique. The energy that you carry with you; the way you do things without even thinking about it or putting effort into it.

Using your talent makes others experience you as real and authentic. Talent development helps to make these moments occur more frequently and to better recognize these moments with yourself and others.

Due to our so called ‘professional’ behavior and through the hustle and bustle of the day, we regularly forget who we ware. Insights from people around you are helpful in recognizing yourself (again). And that is where you start to shine and energy starts to flow.

Talent is only half of the story. We all know some of our own behaviors that we find annoying. We lose our cool, procrastinate or shut down. Talent development is also about acknowledging and dealing with this behavior.

I have experienced beautiful examples of talent development. Teachers that see there students for whom they truly are and they give this back to their students as well.

For students, this way of talent development helps you discover who you are even more. That you discover that you are valuable and that you have talent by nature!

What can you do – as a teacher – to stimulate talent development with your students?

–   Put your students in a situation where they can (and must) take responsibility.
–   Engage in conversations about situations and experiences. When does a student come into its own? What yielded energy? What consumes energy? What are the effects of your actions on others around you?
–   Find patterns that students start to recognize in their behaviors in authentic situations.
–   Challenge students to find new patterns by themselves in new situations.
–   This cyclus asks for repetition and is factually a model for life long learning.

Both for the individual teacher and education as a whole, there is more room for talent development. That is why we provide inspiration and personal support to all EDEx participants who are looking for ways to incorporate talent (development) in their education.

You can bring your own team and your own learning question to the EDEx2018, so that my team and I can give you a custom advice based on your own learning context. I hope to see you there!



Translation by Eveline Druncks