Today's post will begin a new series on Gifted/Talented children. The purpose of these posts is to help parents and teachers of gifted/talented children assist these children in reaching their fullest potential.
Understand, there is no one test that can determine the giftedness of an individual. As educators, we use a multitude of information to determine a child's giftedness.
Characteristics of Gifted Children
Keep in mind, you most likely will not see all of these characteristics in any child. These are the typical characteristics that may be seen:
- high level of language/verbal development
- high level of curiosity
- very sensitive
- often intensely motivated/persistent/ goal-oriented
- many times will resist direction or interruption
- often critical toward others
- dislikes routine and drill work
- prefers individualized work/needs freedom of movement and action
- has difficulty with criticism and is vulnerable to peer rejection
- can see diverse and unusual relationships
- unrealistic self-expectations/ often a perfectionist
- able to generate original and ideas and solutions
- has a keen sense of humor
- displays an increase sense of justice
- shows leadership ability
- has inconsistencies between intellectual maturity and social, emotional, and physical development
- sometimes may show poor test performance and achievement in basic skills areas
- daily work may frequently be incomplete or poorly done
- may have low self-esteem
- inability to focus attention and concentrate efforts on tasks
- difficulty making and keeping friends
Do you have a child or student that exhibits some of these characteristics?
Check back for the next installment in this gifted information series. I will be talking next on Encouraging Creativity.