Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students
The following characteristics are not a complete list. Gifted and Talented students may excel in one or many areas.
- Has an advanced vocabulary far beyond a child his/her age.
- Has an excellent memory and performs complex mental tasks.
- Is curious, investigative and observant.
- Learns rapidly and easily.
- Possesses a storehouse of information on a variety of topics.
- Has perseverance and the capacity for self-direction.
- Thinks clearly, reasons well, and uses higher level thinking skills.
- Is an avid reader reading above grade level.
- Shows concern for world problems above that expected of age level.
- Transfers previous learning to new learning situations.
- Is an independent learner.
- Demonstrates a wide variety of interests.
- Has a good sense of humor.
- Has an interest in cause/effect relationships.
- Displays a great curiosity and is anxious to learn new things.
- Asks many questions of a provocative nature.
- Reveals originality in oral and written expression.
- Enjoys solving puzzles and problems.
- Processes new information quickly when compared to peers.
- Does in depth investigations.
- Sees beyond the obvious.
- Thrives on new and complex ideas.
- Manipulates information.
- Tolerates ambiguity and uncertainty.
- Is curious about many things, and has a wide variety of interests.
- Asks many questions.
- Is adventuresome.
- Generates many ideas or solutions to problem solving, prefers to impose own structure on situation, learning.
- Develops creative and original ideas
- Is non-conforming and not afraid to be different.
- Can elaborate upon the ideas of others.
- Is a flexible thinker.
- Sees humor in situations where others don't.
- Likes to fantasize and imagine.
- Demonstrates a high degree of concentration and persistence in creative tasks.
- Makes unusual associations between ideas.
- Effectively uses visual imagery.
- Incorporates creative efforts into academic and recreational activities.
- Has a vivid imagination.
- Has many ideas/projects going on at one time.
- Improvises and sees unique possibilities.
- Risk taker.
- Accepts responsibility well.
- Appears to be well liked by classmates.
- Is dependable.
- Is self confident with peers and adults.
- Is cooperative.
- Creates positive feelings in a group.
- Expresses self well, and can articulate group problems.
- Easily adapts to new situations.
- Enjoys socializing with other people.
- Assumes leadership roles in a natural manner.
- Participates in most school social activities.
- Demonstrates character and integrity.
- Is fair and honest.
- Is chosen or elected to leadership position by peers.
- Is emotionally secure and sensitive to the needs of others.
- Sought out by others to provide assistance.
- Can organize and lead groups.
- Tolerant and flexible with peers.
- High expectations for self and others.
- Foresees consequences and complications of decisions.
- Follows through on a plan.
- Early reading skills developed rapidly once begun.
- Chooses to read material well above grade level.
- Demonstrates advanced comprehension of material read.
- Comfortable with advanced vocabulary; infers meaning from context.
- Reads widely and intensely for information and enjoyment.
- Possesses and uses a writing vocabulary well above grade level.
- Organizes writing to be clear and concise.
- Uses descriptive words and phrases to add color, emotion and beauty.
- Uses more complex sentence structure than typical for grade level (but not may always be able to punctuate it).
- Frequently chooses writing to communicate ideas through forms such as journals, poetry, stories, reports, etc.
- Masters typical content more quickly and at an earlier age than classmates.
- More willing and capable of doing problems abstractly; may prefer not to use concrete aids.
- Often skips steps in problem solving; may solve in unexpected ways.
- Looks for patterns and relationships and attempts to explain them.
- See relationships between new problems and those previously solved; may pose own problems.
- Has exceptional mathematical reasoning ability and memory.
- Enjoys challenge of mathematical puzzles and games.
- Can communicate math information verbally and in written form.
- Asks questions, probes for understanding of current events.
- Has a wide range of knowledge about an area of social studies such as geography, history, politics, etc.
- Is concerned/worried about problems in the community or world; may seek solutions.
- Has pursued reading or projects in the social sciences on own time.
- Has spent extra time on projects because of avid interest in content.
- Communication skills relating to academic area; can verbalize and communicate social studies known in written formats.
- Asks provocative, in-depth questions about why things happen or how things work.
- Easily grasps concepts of science; thinks logically, perceives relationship and generalizes appropriately.
- Has a wide range of scientific knowledge for age.
- Has an avid interest in one or more science topics.
- Has pursued science oriented reading or projects on own time.
- Communication skills: can verbalize and communicate science knowledge in written forms.
- Unwilling to accept explanations without proof.
- Exhibits creativity, imagination and expressiveness.
- Responds to environmental observations.
- Superior skill development in drawing, painting, clay, etc.
- Has natural ability beyond age level.
- Possesses well developed visual memory, quicker, more accurate in tasks of cognitive, verbal, visual matching.
- Persistence and perseverance about problem solving and creating.
- Uses leisure time for artistic activities.
- High motivated and interested in art experiences.
- Sense for spatial distribution and organization.
- Shows complexity, detail and embellishment in artwork.
- Can be self-critical and evaluative.
- Shows a sustained interest in music.
- Eagerly and successfully participates in musical activities.
- Discriminates among and/or responds to variations in rhythm, melody, harmony, tone, pitch and style.
- Has an ability to compose tunes and/or lyrics.
- Has an ability to understand musical symbols and relationships.
- Has a total feeling of joy with music.
- Has ability to use music to express emotions and experiences.
- Can be self-critical and evaluative.
- Has the ability to shift easily into the role of another character.
- Effectively uses facial expressions and gestures to communicate.
- Is adept at role playing, improvising, and acting out situations.
- Creates original plays or makes up plays from stories.
- Can imitate and mimic the actions of others.
- Is able to incorporate directors' suggestions into performance.
- Contributes worthwhile suggestions to improve acting or characterization.
- Has the ability to recognize effective timing and anticipate audience response.
- Shows originality.
- Expresses emotions, attitudes, ideas and experience for self and/or in performances.
- Has muscular coordination and reflexes attuned to rhythmic response.
- Is sensitive to rhythm, melody, tone, harmony, pitch or style of music.
- Has the ability to choreograph his/her dances.