Curriculum - Gifted

Characteristics of Gifted Students

  • Reacts positively to new, strange or mysterious elements in his/her environment 
  • Persists in examining and exploring stimuli to know more about them 
  • Is curious, investigative, asks penetrating questions 
  • Has unusual approach to problem solving and unusual solutions 
  • Is independent, individualistic, self-sufficient 
  • Is imaginative, fantasy-creating, a storyteller 
  • Possesses superior powers of reasoning, of dealing with abstractions, of generalizing from specific facts, of understanding meanings and of seeing relationships 
  • Is full of ideas, verbal, has conversational fluency 
  • Prefers complex ideas; is irritated or bored by routine 
  • Can occupy time usefully without being stimulated 
  • Has a strong and persistent sense of humor 
  • Had early walking, talking, reading, etc. 
  • Is superior in the quantity and quality of vocabulary as compared with other children of his/her own age 
  • Has great interest in the nature of humanity and the universe or origins and destiny 
  • Is interested in puzzles, mazes, etc. 
  • Special skills in music, dance, sports, drawing, painting, construction and technical pursuits, leadership, puppets, plays, chess, judo, Mastermind 

Gross, M.U.M., & Feidhusen, J. F. (1990). The Exceptionally Gifted Child.  Understanding Our Gifted. 2 (5)


A Bright Child:

A Gifted Learner:

Knows the answers

Asks the questions

Is interested

Is highly curious

Is attentive

Is mentally and physically involved

Has good ideas

Has wild, silly ideas

Works hard

Plays around, yet tests well

Answers the questions

Discusses in detail, elaborates

Top group

Beyond the group

Listens with interest

Shows strong feeling and opinions

Learns with ease

Already knows

6-8 repetitions for mastery

1-2 repetitions for mastery

Understands ideas

Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers

Prefers adults

Grasps the meaning

Draws inferences

Completes assignments

Initiates projects

Is receptive

Is intense

Copies accurately

Creates a new design

Enjoys school

Enjoys learning

Absorbs information

Manipulates information



Good memorizer

Good guesser

Enjoys straight forward sequential presentation

Thrives on complexity

Is alert

Is keenly observant

Is pleased with own learning

Is highly self-critical

 Source: Janice Szabos
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