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Gifted Characteristics


Gifted Characteristics


This is a list of characteristics that may help distinguish "Bright Children" from "Gifted Learners" as stated by Janice Szabos...


                                  BRIGHT CHILD                                                                                  GIFTED LEARNER

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 for mastery

Understands ideas

Enjoys peers

Grasps the meaning

Completes assignments

Is receptive

Copies accurately

Enjoys school

Absorbs information


Good memory

Is alert

Is pleased with own learning

Enjoys straightforward, sequential,     presentations

Asks the question

Is highly curious

Is mentally & physically involved

Has wild, silly ideas

Plays around yet tests well

Discusses in detail; elaborates

Beyond the top group

Shows strong feelings & opinions

Already knows

Understands ideas

Constructs abstractions

Prefers adults

Draws inferences

Initiates projects

Is intense

Creates a new design

Enjoys learning

Manipulates information


Good guesser

Is keenly observant

Is highly self-critical

Thrives on complexity


In her book, Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom, Dr. Diane Heacox compiled a list of typical characteristics of gifted learners:

- High levels of retention with an extraordinary amount of information

- An accelerated pace of learning

- Advanced comprehension, deep understanding

- Usually varied interests and curiosity

- An advanced vocabulary

- Flexibility of thinking

- An ability to generate original ideas and solutions

- An ability to think in abstract terms and sense consequences

- Evaluative, judgmental thinking

- Persistent goal-directed behavior