• What are we looking for?

    Intellectual characteristics which many gifted children openly demonstrate are the following:
    • Unusually large vocabulary for age
    • Ability to read earlier than most children
    • Greater comprehension of the subtleties of language
    • Ability to learn basic skills more quickly and with less practice
    • Wide range of interests
    • Highly developed curiosity and a limitless supply of questions
    • Interest in experimenting and doing things differently
    • Tendency to put ideas or things together in ways that are unusual
    • Ability to retain a great deal of information
    • Unusual sense of humor
    Some populations of gifted children may require special attention in their identification and program services because they do not display the typical characteristics of giftedness. These populations include the gifted handicapped, the disadvantaged, the culturally different, and the very young. Efforts are made to include these children in the screening process for gifted services and to serve them appropriately.

    Bright Learners and Gifted Learners

    Bright Learners

    Gifted Learners

    Knows the answers
    Is interested
    Is attentive
    Has good ideas
    Works hard
    Answers the questions
    Top group
    Listens with interest
    Learns with ease
    6-8 repetitions
    Understands ideas
    Enjoys peers
    Grasps the meaning
    Completes assignments
    Is receptive
    Copies accurately
    Enjoys school
    Absorbs information
    Good memorizer
    Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation
    Is alert
    Is pleased with own learning

    Asks the questions
    Is highly curious
    Is mentally and physically involved
    Has wild, silly ideas
    Plays around, yet tests well
    Discusses in detail, elaborates
    Beyond the group
    Shows strong feelings and opinions
    Already knows
    1-2 repetitions for mastery
    Constructs abstractions
    Prefers adults
    Draws inferences
    Initiates projects
    Is intense
    Creates a new design
    Enjoys learning
    Manipulates information
    Good guesser
    Thrives on complexity
    Is keenly observant
    Is highly self-critical

    by Janice Szabos