The Gifted Learner

  • The Bright Child vs. The Gifted Learner  

    Bright Child

    Gifted Child

    Knows the answer

    Ask the questions

    Is interested

    Is highly curious

    Is attentive

    Is mentally and physically involved

    Has good ideas

    Has wild silly ideas

    Works hard

    Plays around, yet tests well

    Answers the questions

    Discusses in detail, elaborates

    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 meaning

    Draws inferences

    Completes assignment

    Initiates projects

    Is receptive

    Is intense

    Copies accurately

    Creates new designs

    Enjoys school

    Enjoys learning

    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

    The following table is from Challenge Magazine. Parents for Enrichment Programs have found it a very useful tool when discussing the definition of gifted.