Monday, December 10, 2007


Definition: Students, children or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities
General intellectual ability:
formulates abstractions
processes information in complex way
excited about new ideas
learns rapidly
large vocabulary
Specific academic ability:
good memorization ability
advanced comprehension
acquires basic-skills knowledge quickly
high academic success in special-interest area
pursues special interests with enthusiasm and vigor
Creative thinking:
independent thinker
exhibits original thinking in oral and written expression
comes up with several solutions to problem
sense of humor
creates and invents
challenged by creative tasks
assumes responsibility
high expectations for self and for others
fluent, concise self-expression
foresees consequences and implications of decisions
good judgment in decision making
well-liked by peers
Visual/performing arts
outstanding spatial relationships
unusual ability for expressing self feelings in art, dance, drama, music
good motor coordination
desire for producing own product, not copying
Provide learning centers where children can pace their own learning
Create a room environment that encourages creativity and discovery
Get to know the gifted child and find out what his interests are. Make sure you have material to enhance his experience.
Create scenarios in which problem-solving skills are encouraged
Ask “why” and “how”a lot
Have plenty of books on hand, many of which are deeper in content or pictures or words
Have alternate activities available if skill is already attained.
Provide an adult mentor who shares similar interests

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