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GIFTED vs. BRIGHT

GIFTED vs. BRIGHT



The Great "Gifted vs. Bright" Debate


I fully believe that every child is gifted in one way or another!  One child can replicate a challenging song on the piano after hearing it one time.  Another child can retell a movie plot as though he had written it himself.  One child can design and plant a thriving garden while another child sings like an angel.  While one child has an uncanny ability to cook, another child has memorized all of the countries in the northern hemisphere.  Those are all very special talents and gifts.
In the public school system, however,  "Gifted" programs focus exclusively on the higher challenge needs of children who excel in math or language arts on standardized tests.  The primary identification for GIFTED and High Achiever is the STAR test which is given in the spring.  (First graders can be identified using the Negliari which involves visual and mental dexterity with patterns.)  Oftentimes, these students seem to be able to apply new information across the curriculum. They are able to manipulate ideas, problems and new concepts with great dexterity.  The important thing to remember, at least in my mind, is that identification doesn't guarantee that a child will perform "above grade level."  The identification is just a tool for parents, children and teachers to better grasp the learning needs of the student who has been identified.  The following "parental guides" have been kicked around for quite some time.  I thought they might be a helpful tool as you try to determine the learning style of your own child.




                                                

The Bright Child                                        The Gifted Child

knows the answers                                  asks the questions

is interested                                              is highly curious

is attentive                                                is mentally and physically                                                                                        involved

works hard                                                plays around, yet tests                                                                                                 well

answers the questions                            discusses in detail,                                                                                                    elaborates

is in the top group                                   is beyond the group

listens with interest                                 shows strong feelings                                                                                                and opinions

learns with ease                                       already knows

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

understands ideas                                   constructs abstractions

enjoys peers                                             prefers adults

grasps the meaning                                 draws inferences

completes assignments                          initiates projects

is receptive                                               is intense

copies accurately                                    creates a new design



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