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What are some characteristics of gifted children?
Although there is no easy formula for identifying
a gifted child, certain characteristics appear to differentiate
the gifted child from his/her classmates, such as:
ability to read and to understand nuances in the
language: A child who is
gifted often reads two or more grade levels above
current grade placement and reads widely in many
areas or intensely in one subject area.
use of advanced vocabulary: The ability to express thoughts
readily and clearly is often a characteristic of
a gifted child.
of a variety of information: A gifted child often amazes parents and teachers
by learning new information quickly and remembering
the details over long periods of time.
of intense concentration: The child can become totally
engrossed in topics of interest, while being oblivious
to surrounding events.
- A broad
and changing spectrum of interests: The child may be involved in many self-initiated
projects at the same time.
Keen observation and curiosity: An acute awareness
of self and the environment is typical of a gifted
child. The child may persistently pursue a line of
questioning to learn more about topics of interest
processing of information: A gifted child is able
to perceive relationships, comprehend implications
and process a large amount of information.
to think abstractly: The child can often move from
concrete to symbolic representation very comfortably
and at an earlier age than most children.
critical thinking skills: The child is able to perform evaluations
based on established criteria and often notices discrepancies
between what people say and what they do.
Ability to follow directions and assume responsibility:
A child who is gifted often shows independence, self-reliance,
and responsibility in completing tasks.
and inventiveness: The child is able to view situations
from varying perspectives, develop and explore alternative
approaches, and generate novel products.
Seemingly limitless energy: Frequently a gifted child
is alert and eager, delving into interests beyond
the usual limitations of children his/her own age.
- Leadership: The child often assumes leadership roles in a variety
of circumstances and settings.
Note: High grades in classes and/or high scores on
standardized achievement tests are not necessarily
indicators that a student is gifted. Further evaluation
is necessary for accurate identification.
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