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What are the characteristics of gifted students?

Giftedness is not only about high intelligence. Research has shown that gifted minds also think and feel more intensely than the average person. This intensity is often misinterpreted by non-gifted learners.

Bright childGifted child
Knows the answers Asks the questions
Interested Extremely curious
Pays attention Gets involved physically and mentally
Works hard Plays around, still gets good test scores
Answers questions Questions the answers
Enjoys same-age peers Prefers adults or older children
Good at memorization Good at guessing
Learns easily Bored. Already knew the answers
Listens well Shows strong feelings and opinions
Self-satisfied Highly critical of self (perfectionistic)

Twice exceptional


1. Jacobsen, M. (1999). The gifted adult: a revolution guide for liberating everyday genius. [Kindle version]. Toronto: Random House, Inc.

2. Hallahan, D. P., Kauffman, J. M., McIntyre, L. J., Mykota, D. (Eds.). (2006). Exceptional learners: introduction to special education. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada

3. ABC Ontario. Twice exceptional students – 2e. Retrieved from https://www.abcontario.ca/twice-exceptional-students-2e

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