Profiles of Giftedness
Giftedness is not a single, simple phenomenon. On the contrary, gifted learners are extremely complex and diverse. In order to explain some of the ways that gifted learners present themselves, here are profiles of the Gifted & Talented, adapted from George Betts, Alberta Education Book 7: Teaching Students who are Gifted and Talented.
Knows how to play the game
Is liked by teachers, parents and most other students
Wants to get the best grades possible
Scores well on standardized tests
Will be extremely successful in school and will win many honours
May be losing creativity and autonomy.
Is extremely creative
Is independent out of school
Does not like school (bored)
Is often in conflict with others
Appears to be obstinate, tactless or sarcastic
Has more potential than demonstrated in school.
Does not want to be seen as smart
Wants to belong socially
Does not want attention based on their intellectual ability
Finds success outside of school
Receives conflicting messages from adults and/or peers.
Believes system has not met their needs
Is very resentful and angry (towards others or self)
Has Swiss Cheese approach to learning
Finds social acceptance in a small group of peers
Is disruptive, abusive or withdrawn.
May choose an alternative lifestyle.
The Twice Exceptional:
Possesses high potential but experiences learning/emotional difficulties
Has hidden strengths and talents
Is anxious about failure
Has a strong need for acceptance
Requires an individual program plan for success.
The Autonomous Learner:
Is independent and self-directed
Has positive self image
Is a high risk taker
Effectively manages his/her environment to meet his/her needs
Freely expresses feelings, needs and goals.
18 November 2012