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 child||Gifted child|
|Knows the answers||Asks the questions|
|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)|
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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