• What is Giftedness?

    Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age.  Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science.  NAGC, 2019

    Bright Student Versus Gifted and Talented Student 

    A bright child

    A gifted child

    Knows the answer

    Asks questions 

    Is interested

    Is highly curious

    Is attentive

    Is mentally and physically involved

    Has good ideas

    Has wild, silly ideas

    Works hard

    Plays around, tests well

    Answers the questions

    Discusses in detail; elaborates

    Is in the top group

    Beyond the group

    Listens with interest

    Shows strong feelings 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

    Complete assignments

    Initiates projects

    Is receptive

    Is intense

    Copies accurately

    Creates new designs

    Enjoys school

    Enjoys learning

    Is a technician

    Is an inventor

    Absorbs information

    Manipulates information

    Good memorizer

    Good guesser

    Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation                   

    Thrives on complexity

    Is alert

    Is keenly observant

    Is pleased with own learning

    Is highly self-critical


    From “The Gifted and Talented Child” by Janice Szabos, Maryland Council for Gifted and Talented, Inc.