Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Identifying Gifted and Talented Students

General Checklist for Identifying Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted and Talented students may:
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  • Possess extensive general knowledge, often know more than the teacher and find the usual reference books superficial
  • Easily grasp underlying principles and need the minimum of explanation
  • Have mental speeds faster than physical capabilities and so be often reluctant to write at length
  • Be reluctant to practise skills already mastered, finding such practice futile
  • Be inventive and original when interested
  • Often see the unusual rather than the conventional relationships
  • Display intellectual playfulness,fantasise and imagine and be quick to see connections and to manipulate ideas
  • Show good insight into cause-effect relationships
  • Quickly make generalizations and extract the relevant points from complex material
  • Prefer to talk rather than write and often talk at speed with fluency and expression
  • Have exceptional curiosity and constantly want to know why
  • Ask searching questions, which tend to be unlike other students questions
  • Be able to pose problems and solve ingeniously
  • Read rapidly and retain what is read and can recall detail


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