Characteristics of Academically Gifted Children


Gifted students may exhibit some of the qualities below:

 

·        Advanced vocabulary and verbal ability for chronological age

·        Operates at a higher level of thinking than his/her peers

·        Comfortable with complex and abstract thinking tasks

·        Less need for concrete experiences for full understanding

·        Perceives cause and effect relationships

·        Makes connections and identifies relationships

·        Prefers challenging tasks to “basic” work

·        Wants to share what he/she knows

·        Very intense/ gets absorbed in activities or thoughts

·        Motivated to do things that interest him/her

·        High energy level

·        Emotionally sensitive for others and self

·        Likes to be in charge/leader

·        Rebels against routine or order

·        Frustration with slower pace of class

·        Daydreams

·        Sensitive to criticism

·        May be unorganized or work in “sloppy” manner

·        Creative

·        Perfectionist

·        Prefers to work independently

·        Critical of self/mistakes

·        Willingly shares knowledge

·        Lack of attention when “bored”

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