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Bright Child vs Gifted Child

A Bright Child....                                   A Gifted Child.......

Knows the answer                              Asks the questions, sometimes deep probing/abstract

Is interested                                         Is highly curious

Is attentive                                             Is mentally and physically involved  
Has good ideas                                   Has wild and sometimes silly ideas

Works hard                                           Plays around, yet tests well

Answers the questions                     Discusses in detail, elaborates

Top group                                            Beyond the group

Listens with interest                          Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease                                Already knows

6-8 repetitions for mastery                1-2 repetitions for mastery

Understands ideas                             Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers                                        Prefers adults/older children, seeks out very bright peers

Grasps the meaning                          Draws inferences and opens up new questions

Completes assignments                  Initiates projects

Is receptive                                           Is intense

Copies accurately                               Creates a new design

Enjoys school                                      Enjoys learning but may not like school

Absorbs information                          Manipulates information

Technician                                           Inventor - loves construction toys

Good memorizer                                Good guesser-draws on vast information store

Is alert                                                   Is keenly observant - seems to remember fine details

Is pleased with own learning           Is highly self-critical-can be a perfectionist at times