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How Can I Tell The Difference Between High Achievers & Gifted Students?
HIGH ACHIEVERS… Know the Answers Enjoy School Grasp Meaning Copy Accurately Have Good Ideas Absorb Information Achieve Mastery in 3-8 Repetitions GIFTED STUDENTS… Ask the questions Enjoy Learning Draw Inferences Create New Designs Have Unexpected Ideas Manipulate Information Achieve Mastery in 1-2 Repetitions
A Teacher Pleaser is a student who has and/or does all the nice, pleasing, helpful, and considerate things in class as well as bails you out of uncomfortable situations when possible. This student achieves high grades in class AND scores in the 90 th percentile or above on standard achievement tests. Teacher Pleasers may vary from class to class.
“ The extremely bright or the creative, curious, and questioning students, who may be stubborn, rule-breaking, egotistical or otherwise high in nuisance value, may not be the teachers’ favorites, but they sometimes are the most gifted.” Gary Davies and Sylvia Rimm
General Definition of a Potentially Gifted Student
A Potentially Gifted student is a student who is pleased with original work, right or wrong, and who is strongly opinionated regarding moral issues. This student may also possess all, some or none of the labels associated with the Teacher Pleaser.
Teacher Pleaser… Knowledgeable Completes all work Writes well One of the first to respond Asks “safe” questions Time is important Potentially GIFTED STUDENT… Has much factual information May not show neatness or order in work Anticipates outcomes May disagree with teacher or textbook answers May frequently respond in an elaborate manner May not want to stop working on a task
OVER-Achievers Are Typically TEACHER-PLEASERS (They turn in homework…) … Many Gifted Kids Are NOT! (Homework? What homework?)
Many Characteristics Of The Highly Creative Are ALSO Characteristics of ADHD Inattention and Daydreaming Sensation Seeking Inability to Finish Projects Hyperactivity Enthusiasm and Playfulness Difficult Temperament Deficient Social Skills Hypersensitivity to Stimulation Mood Swings
The Chameleon This student masks his abilities for many reasons – peer pressure, fitting in, the “Sport’s JOCK” syndrome. Sadly, many of the chameleons secretly long to learn and pursue their unique interests.
Underachievement is common affecting 20% to 50% of gifted students
Most Potentially Gifted Students Who Underachieve -
Encounter external and internal barriers in school and self
Have not had opportunities to understand their interests, strengths, styles, and deficits
Fear failure so do not take risks
May feel powerless due to age and maturity to make changes
The child who does well in school, gets good grades, wins awards, and “performs” beyond the norm is considered talented. The child who does not, no matter what his innate intellectual capacities or developmental level, is less and less likely to be identified, less and less likely to be served. More and more, “gifted” is perceived as synonymous with (and limited to) academic achievement.
There is no ONE indicator of giftedness. Gifted and talented children are found in expected AND unexpected places. However, it is important to always remember that…