• Is my child gifted?

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    Gifted and talented children are by virtue of outstanding abilities those identified by professionally qualified persons as being capable of high performance.  These children require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society.

     -U.S. Office of Education 

     

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  • What are some common characteristics of gifted children?

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    CHARACTERISTICS OF GIFTED STUDENTS

    • Advanced Language
      Displays an advanced vocabulary and an ability to use more complex language effectively in a variety of situations; naturally uses similes, metaphors, and analogies to express relationships.
    • Analytical Thinking
      Ability to discern components of a whole; strives to determine relationships and patterns in procedures, experiences, ideas, and/or objects.  The student may not be "organized", yet enjoys organizing and planning events and procedures.
    • Meaning Motivated
      Shows curiosity and an inner drive for thorough, independent understanding; asks penetrating, intellectual questions and demonstrates an extensive memory.
    • Perspective
      Displays an ability to understand and incorporate unexpected or unusual points of view through oral language, writing, manipulative and/or art.
    • Sense of Humor
      Demonstrates understanding of higher levels of humor and application of a finely developed sense of humor, either through the production of original jokes, riddles, puns, or other humorous effects or through understanding the subtle humor of others.
    • Sensitivity
      Intensely sensitive to the needs of others, demonstrates a strong sense of justice and sets high standards for self and others.
    • Accelerated Learning
      Demonstrates mastery and an ability to learn and understand material and concepts beyond the facts and knowledge typical and expected for that age group.

             
                -adapted from Kingore Observation Inventory by Bertie Kingore, 1993.

     

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  • What is the difference between a high achiever and a gifted learner?

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    High Achiever and Gifted Learner

    The chart below summarizes the differences between high achievers and gifted learners.  Some high achievers may possess some of the characteristics of a gifted learner.  By the same token, some gifted learners may demonstrate high achiever characteristics.

     

    HIGH ACHIEVER VS GIFTED LEARNER

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