District API 922 - Igniting Unlimited Possibilities for Students!

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Gifted Learning Characteristics with Possible Problems

Characteristic

Possible Accompanying Problem



1. Keen power of observation, naive receptivity; sense of the significant; willingness to examine the unusual.

1. Possible gullibility.

2. Power of abstraction, conceptualization, synthesis; interest in inductive learning and problem solving; pleasure in intellectual activity.

2. Occasional resistance to direction; rejection or omission of detail.

3. Interest in cause-effect relations; ability to see relationships; interest in applying concepts; love of truth.

3. Difficulty in accepting the illogical.

4. Liking for structure and order; liking for consistency, as in sometimes conflicting value system; number systems; clocks, calendars.

4. Invention of own system.

5. Questioning attitude; intellectual curiosity; inquisitive mind; good memory.

5. Dislike for routine and drill; need for early mastery of foundation skills.

6. Verbal proficiencies; large vocabulary; facility in expression; interest in reading; breadth of information in advanced areas.

6. Need for specialized reading vocabulary. Early parent resistance to reading may have caused escape into verbalism.

7. Power of critical thinking; skepticism; evaluative testing; self-criticism and self-checking.

7. Critical attitude toward discouragement from self-criticism.

8. Creativeness and inventiveness; liking for new ways of doing things; interest in creating; brainstorming.

8. Rejection of the known; need to invent for oneself.

9. Power of concentration; intense attention that excludes all else; long attention span.

9. Resistance to interruption.

10. Persistent, goal-directed behavior.

10. Stubbornness.

11. Sensitivity; intuitiveness; empathy for others, need for emotional support and a sympathetic attitude.

11. Need for success and recognition; sensitivity to criticism; vulnerability to peer group rejection.

12. High energy; alertness; eagerness; periods of intense, voluntary effort preceding invention.

12. Frustration with inactivity and absence of programs.

13. Independence in work and study preference for individualized work; self-reliance; need for freedom of movement and action.

13. Parent and peer group pressures and non-conforming; problems of rejection and rebellion.

14. Versatility and virtuosity; diversity of interests and abilities; many hobbies; proficiency in art forms such as music and drawing.

14. Lack of homogeneity in group work; need for flexibility and individualization; need for help in exploring and developing interests; need to build basic competencies in major interests.

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