Thursday, November 4, 2010

Characteristics Checklist for Gifted Children

Often the earliest identification of gifted children takes place by simple observation of the child's behavior by an educational professional, a parent or friend. The following lists were adapted from various sources. Note it is not expected that any gifted child will show all the traits listed in any section.

General intellectual ability 

·         is an avid reader, wide range of interests
·         has avid interest in science or literature
·         provides very alert, rapid answers to questions
·         is secure emotionally
·         is adventuresome
·         tends to dominate peers or situations
·         needs little outside control - applies self discipline
·         is resourceful - solving problems by ingenious methods
·         displays a great curiosity
·         is involved with many exploratory activities
·         has the capacity to use knowledge other than to memorize
·         is a good guesser
·         makes good grades in most subjects
·         learns rapidly, easily and efficiently
·         uses a large number of words easily and accurately
·         asks many questions of a provocative nature
·         has a power of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis
·         has an interest in cause-effect relations
·         has a liking for structure, order and consistency
·         has a power of concentration
·         is persistent
·         has a high energy level
·         is independent 

Creative thinking and production  

·         acts spontaneously, intuitively
·         tolerates ambiguity and uncertainty
·         retains own ideas in a discussion or collaboration
·         provides multiple solutions to problems
·         is uninhibited in expression, sometimes radical
·         is interested in fantasy, imagination
·         has a keen sense of humor
·         doesn't mind being different
·         doesn't accept rules without input
·         asks provocative questions, challenges authorities
·         is bored with memorization and recitation
·         can show unusual degrees of originality


·         can stimulate, organize, and arouse others
·         recognizes skills and abilities possessed by others
·         interacts with others easily 
·         can articulate clearly the goals of a group
·         can give directions clearly and effectively
·         exercises authority reliably and responsibly
·         can adopt non-leadership roles within a group
·         can establish the mood of a group  

Psychomotor ability 

·         is rhythmic, athletic 
·         is coordinated, balanced and confident in physical activities
·         is inventive in constructing or modifying games
·         demonstrates endurance, stamina and persistence 

Visual and performing arts  

·         responds readily to rhythm, melody and harmony
·         makes up original tunes
·         enjoys dance and dramatic activities with musical elements
·         readily shifts into role of another character
·         uses voice to reflect changes in mood
·         puts depth into drawing, showing planning and good proportion 

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Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you so much for sharing that list, Kathy.

Janet said...

My oldest son, who is now 30, is gifted. They are very different. I found that most teachers don't know how to handle gifted children. In the very early grades they seemed to think that more work would interest him, but what he needed was challenging and different things to do, not just more of the same stuff the other kids were doing.He was gifted when he was a toddler, but us being first time parents, didn't realize it. I would tell my friends some of the things he did and they wouldn't believe me. They do need to be stimulated or they get bored.

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy, What an interesting post!

kathy stemke said...

I agree Janet. Most teachers don't know how to challenge these special children.