Identifying Giftedness in children

Jessica Anderson

Gifted Characteristics

Advanced Language
  • Expresses an extensive vocabulary and accurately
  • Elaborates by using longer, detailed sentences
  • Uses similes, metaphors, or analogies to express insights
  • Modifies language when handling conflicts or influencing peers to acknowledge another viewpoint
  • Relates concepts in terms more readily understood by peers
  • Uses rich descriptions and imagery
  • Freely expresses unusual ideas; defends opinions
  • Uses the specific language of a discipline (i.e. uses scientific terms during science discussions)
  • Exhibits an advanced comprehension of the subtleties of language
  • Comprehends multiple meanings or words; uses humor effectively
  • Ability to learn English quickly (ELL students only)
  • Demonstrates an ability to manipulate all languages spoken (ELL students only)
Creative Thinking and Perspective
  • Displays an ability to improvise with ordinary materials; adopts something for a new use; sees new meanings, implications, applications
  • Generates many ideas in response to an open-ended problem/questions
  • Displays the ability to add details, develop, and implement a given idea
  • Displays the ability to borrow a solution from one problem and transfer it to another problem
  • Thinks logically; separates the relevant from the irrelevant; ability to deduce a reasonable conclusion
  • Asks good questions and easily detects the missing information in the presentation of a problem
  • Sees relationships based on little information; makes inferences; reads between the lines.
  • Demonstrates analogical thinking by making imaginative comparisons (ie A pizza is like a good day at school because.....)
  • Recognizes details (analyzes)- separates a whole idea into its parts
  • Sees relationships (synthesizes)- combines parts into a workable whole
Advanced Learning Abilities
  • Readily uses technology and reference materials to access data
  • Desires complexity; not interested in memorization or repetition
  • Organizes data and experiments to discover patterns or relationships
  • Reads and comprehends at an advanced level
  • Organizes ideas and sequences in oral and/or written expression
  • Exhibits unique ideas in writing and/or speaking
  • Enjoys independent study and research in areas of interest
  • Improvises with science equipment and/or math methods
  • Displays skepticism; challenges existing ideas
  • Exhibits a heightened awareness of social/ethical/and moral issues
  • Readily grasps principles and applies them in other subject areas
  • Makes valid generalizations about people, events, or things
  • Perceives cause and effect relationships
  • Creates or interprets symbolic representations; enjoys codes
  • Learns and applies new concepts or methods rapidly and easily
  • Enjoys analyzing and solving more difficult problems; stimulated by real-world problems
  • Is highly observant: pays attention to similarities and differences
  • Requires little direction from teachers
  • Displays highly developed curiosity; probes for "why"
  • Persists in completing tasks in areas of interest
  • Displays an extensive range of information
  • Learns basic skills more quickly, with less practice
  • Displays intense involvement in certain topics or problems
  • Exhibits marked ability to process and retain information
  • Displays a desire to organize people and things by devising complex plans or games
  • Interested in experimenting and doing things differently
  • Concentrates intently on a topic for a long period of time
  • Displays the ability to identify the "real" problem; can clarify and simplify a problem
  • Adapts to new situations; flexibly in thoughts and actions; resourceful
  • Accepts responsibility; can be counted on
  • Enjoys being with other people; participates in most social activities
  • Is independent; self confident; willing to take risks
  • Displays an awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues; advanced interpersonal skills; interacts well with others
  • Is respected, well-liked by peers or adults
  • Influences the behavior of other; spontaneously helps others
  • Assertive; usually directs activities; tends to dominate
  • Exhibits cooperation when working with others
  • Organizes and brings structure to things, people, and events
Artistic, Dramatic, Musically Talented
  • Artistic explorations produce objects or persons drawn from unusual angles or perspective
  • Creates original art, music, song, and so on
  • Produces artwork exceptional in line, design, composition, and/or color for age
  • Demonstrates confidence and high standards for personal artwork
  • Uses content that is interesting, tells a story, or expresses feelings in original artwork; eager to visually express ideas
  • Displays precise movements and uses total bodily involvement in interpreting a poem, story, or song
  • Moves with rhythm and is highly responsive to sound stimuli
  • Uses voice effectively to reflect changes of ideas, moods or commands, and holds the attention of a group when speaking
  • Communicates feelings with gestures or facial expressions
  • Plays a musical instrument proficiently
  • Enjoys producing music with others
  • Works at music (rhythmic activities), dance (creative movement), or art projects for extended periods of time

Gifted Vs Bright

A bright child:

1. Knows the answers.

2. Is interested.

3. Is attentive.

4. Has good ideas.

5. Works hard.

6. Answers the questions.

7. Top group.

8. Listens with interest.

9. Learns with ease.

10. 6-8 repetitions for mastery.

11. Understands ideas.

12. Enjoys peers.

13. Grasps the meaning.

14. Completes assignments.

15. Is receptive.

16. Copies accurately.

17. Enjoys school.

18. Absorbs information.

19. Technician.

20. Good memorizer.

21. Enjoys straight forward sequential presentation.

22. Is alert.

23. Is pleased with own learning.

A gifted child:

1. Asks the questions.

2. Is highly curious.

3. Is mentally and physically involved.

4. Has wild, silly ideas.

5. Plays around, yet tests well.

6. Discusses in detail, elaborates.

7. Beyond the group.

8. Shows strong feelings and opinions.

9. Already knows.

10. 1-2 repetitions for mastery.

11. Constructs abstractions.

12. Prefers adults.

13. Draws inferences.

14. Initiates projects.

15. Is intense.

16. Creates a new design.

17. Enjoys learning.

18. Manipulates information.

19. Inventor.

20. Good guesser.

21. Thrives on complexity.

22. Is keenly observant.

23. Is highly self-critical.

Next Steps

If you suspect that your child may be gifted the next step is to schedule a conference with your child's teacher to discuss your child's abilities and how the program will benefit them. A nomination form needs to be completed by either the teacher or the parent. Then the guidance counsellors will begin collecting more information for the gifted referral.