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
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.
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 production of original jokes, riddles, puns, or other humorous effects or through understanding the subtle humor of others.
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.
HIGH ACHIEVER and GIFTED LEARNER
Obviously, many students are screened who will not qualify for the gifted program. Most of these students are high achievers rather than gifted students. The chart below summarizes the differences between high achievers and gifted learners. Please be aware that high achievers may possess some of the characteristics of a gifted learner. By the same token, gifted learners may demonstrate high achiever characteristics.