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The Nature and Needs of the Gifted Child

Gifted students may have different developmental patterns than their peers in the areas of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional areas. The physical and social domains may develop at a similar or slower pace than others, while the cognitive and emotional domains may develop faster.
Some common characteristics of gifted learners are:
  • Learn faster with less repetition and practice
  • Understand and make abstractions earlier; may ignore details
  • Have specific interests
  • Are curious and tend to ask complex questions; like to know "why?" and "how?" things happen
  • Are quick to realize relationships, including cause-effect
  • Are bored with routine tasks
  • Have large vocabularies and express themselves well
  • Evaluate facts, arguments, and people critically
  • Are creative, inventive, and original
  • Try to find answers to questions in unusual ways
  • Have highly-developed sense of humor

Famous Quotes

   “Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or
   equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to
   develop their talent and their ability and their motivation,
   to make something of themselves.”
   - United States of America President John F. Kennedy
   "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
    - Irish Poet William Butler Yeats

Recommended Books
   Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom
   by Susan Winebrenner
   Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source
   for Parents and Teachers
    by James T. WebbElizabeth A. Meckstroth,   
   and Stephanie S. Tolan 
   CHILDREN: What Do We Know?
   by the National Association for Gifted Children
   edited by Maureen Neihart, Sally M. Reis, Nancy M. Robinson,
  and Sidney M. Moon
   The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide
   by Judy Galbraith 
    Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades AND WHAT YOU CAN DO
   ABOUT IT: A Six-Step Program For Parents and Teachers
    by Dr. Sylvia Rimm