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            characteristics of gifted learners 


  • Has outstanding memory; possesses a broader base of knowledge than peers
  • May be an early reader
  • Has advanced vocabulary for chronological age
  • Learns rapidly, easily, and efficiently
  • Enjoys learning
  • Thrives on complexity
  • Has the ability to concentrate for long periods of time              
  • May be impatient and intolerant
  • Self-initiates learning
  • Asks thoughtful and penetrating questions
  • Is curious about many and different things
  • Has diverse interests
  • Is intense; gets totally absorbed in activities and thoughts
  • Is comfortable with abstract thinking
  • Is an analytical thinker; perceives subtle cause-effect relationships
  • May be able to attend to two or more things simultaneously
  • Is able to elaborate on ideas
  • Has strong feelings and opinions; advanced sense of justice and fair play
  • Cares about ethical or humanitarian issues at an early age
  • Sets high standards for him/herself as others
  • Is persistent and highly motivated
  • Has a sophisticated sense of humor; loves to play with words
  • Transfers concepts and learning to new situations
  • Sees connections between apparently unconnected activities and ideas
  • May prefer the company of older children or adults
  • Works well independently
  • Exhibits leadership ability in peer group
  • Displays original ideas; flexibility in problem solving situations
  • Sees endless possibilities for various situations or uses for objects
  • Is passionately interested in some topic or field of endeavor



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