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Support to mathematically highly able students in Portugal

My name is Sérgio Carlos, I live and teach secondary school Mathematics in Aveiro, which is a city in the west cost of Portugal. Ever since I started my teaching career, about 27 years ago, I was intrigued and fascinated by some students that seem to have a particular ability to grasp mathematical ideas, while others in the same classroom struggle to simply know the procedures to tackle any given task. So, to better try to understand this phenomenon, I have engaged in a PhD, completed in 2016, which focused on Excellence and Creativity in University Mathematics.   At this point I’m asked to share with the readers a story about my involvement with creativity and giftedness in Mathematics. After some thought I decided to talk about my own route, both as a teacher and a researcher, into this captivating subject.  My first work experience with a group of very high achievers in Mathematics, took place between 2009 and 2012, when the Mathematics Department of Aveiro’s University created a sp