Characteristics of Gifted Learners
- Gifted students are often perfectionist and idealistic.
- Gifted students may experience heightened sensitivity to their own expectations and those of others.
- Gifted students are asynchronous.
- Some gifted students are “mappers” (sequential learners), while others are “leapers” (spatial learners).
- Gifted students may be so far ahead of their chronological age mates that they know half the curriculum before the school year begins!
- Gifted children are problem solvers.
- Gifted students often think abstractly and with such complexity that they may need help with concrete study and test-taking skills.
- Gifted students who do well in school may define success as getting an “A” and failure as any grade less than an “A”.
A student is referred for consideration by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents/guardians, peers, self or others with knowledge of student’s academic abilities. Students could be automatically referred if they score at specified levels on norm-reference tests. The local board of education establishes the score(s) needed for automatic referral.
Once a student is referred, he/she begins testing in the areas of mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. Testing typically takes several weeks to complete. If a child is determined to be eligible for gifted services, he/she will receive 5 hours per week of service in the gifted resource classroom.