Defining Giftedness

Peruse the various definitions of giftedness

From the National Association for Gifted Children

Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).


From the US Department of Education

“Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.”


From the Texas Education Code

“Gifted and talented student” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
(1) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
(2) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
(3) excels in a specific academic field.


From Oklahoma Statutes - Title 70

"Gifted and talented children" means those children identified at the preschool, elementary and secondary level as having demonstrated potential abilities of high performance capability and needing differentiated or accelerated education or services. For the purpose of this definition, "demonstrated abilities of high performance capability" means those identified students who score in the top three percent (3%) on any national standardized test of intellectual ability. Said definition may also include students who excel in one or more of the following areas: creative thinking ability, leadership ability, visual performing arts ability, specific academic ability.


Your task:

After reading through the various definitions above choose one of the following activities to complete using your Twitter account.


Question: What does giftedness mean?



Option 1. Compose a succinct answer to the question above that is less than 140 characters. Tweet your response and include @coppellgifteded in your response


Option 2. Ask your Twitter PLN what they believe the answer to the question is. Share your favorite answer with us by retweeting it with the username @coppellgifteded in the text of your retweet.