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Characteristics of the Gifted

Many students who meet with academic success in the general education classroom are not candidates for the mentally gifted program. Children who are identified for the program usually process information at a faster rate and in a different manner than peers with the same chronological age.

Bright Child

Gifted Learner

Knows the answer Asks the questions Is interested
Is highly curious Is attentive Is mentally and physically involved
Has good ideas Has wild silly ideas
Works hard Plays around, yet tests well
Answers the questions Discusses in detail, elaborates
Top group Beyond the top group
istens with interest Show strong feelings and opinions
Learns with ease Already knows
6-8 repetitions for mastery 1-2 repetitions for mastery
Understands ideas Constructs abstractions
Is attentive Is highly involved
njoys peers Prefers adults
Grasps the meaning Draws inferences
Completes assignments Initiates projects
Is receptive Is intense
Copies accurately Creates a new design
Enjoys school Enjoys learning
Absorbs information Manipulates information
Technician Inventor
Is alert Good memorizer
Good guesser Is keenly observant
Is pleased with own learning Is highly self-critical
Enjoys straight forward Thrives on complexity

*Adapted from J. Szabos, Challenge Magazine, 1989