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    Building Sentences

    “Gifted and Talented” means any child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

    • Exhibits a high performance in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas;
    • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership;
    • Excels in a specific academic field.

    Characteristics of Gifted Children 

    The following characteristics are common but not universal:

    • Shows superior abilities to reason, generalize or problem solve.
    • Shows persistent intellectual curiosity.
    • Has a wide range of interests; develops one or more interests to considerable depth.
    • Produces superior written work or has a large vocabulary.
    • Reads avidly.
    • Learns quickly and retains what is learned.
    • Grasps mathematical or scientific concepts readily.
    • Shows creative ability or imaginative expression in the arts.
    • Sustains concentration for lengthy periods on topics or activities of interest.
    • Sets high standards for self.
    • Shows initiative, originality, or flexibility in thinking; considers problems from a number of viewpoints.
    • Observes keenly and is responsive to new ideas.
    • Shows social poise or an ability to communicate with adults in a mature way.
    • Enjoys intellectual challenge; shows an alert and subtle sense of humor.

    These characteristics can lead to conflicts in the regular classroom, as the gifted child may:

    • Get bored with routine tasks.
    • Resist changing away from interesting topics or activities.
    • Be overly critical of self and others, impatient with failure, perfectionistic.
    • Disagree vocally with others, argue with teachers.
    • Make jokes or puns at times adults consider inappropriate.
    • Be so emotionally sensitive and empathetic that adults consider it over-reaction, may get angry, or cry when things go wrong or seem unfair.
    • Ignore details, turn in messy work.
    • Reject authority, be non-conforming, stubborn.
    • Dominate or withdraw in cooperative learning situations.
    • Be highly sensitive to environmental stimuli such as lights or noises.