GATE Characteristics

Characteristics of Gifted Children and Talented Children
Possible Associated Problems
Learn quickly and easily; have the ability to abstract and reason critically; see relationships between ideas and events Become bored and frustrated; dislike repetition and shallow curriculum; hide abilities to gain acceptance; receive negative adult attitudes to
Exhibit verbal proficiency Dominate discussion; have difficulty with listening skills; exhibit manipulative behavior
Have a high energy level Need less sleep; become frustrated with inactivity, lack challenge or active inquiry
Exhibit heightened curiosity Take on too many activities
Be extremely persistent; concentrate on tasks of high interest for extended periods Disrupt class routine; feel stifled by restrictions; resist interruption or schedules; be perceived as stubborn, uncooperative
Exhibit different learning styles — accelerated; desiring mastery, achievement and/or — enriched: desiring depth of knowledge, the need to experience, emotional investment in subject, imagination Become frustrated with absence of progress; be prone to being “overdriven” and/or not be motivated by results; be resistant to interruption; be seen
as time wasting or preoccupied
Exhibit unusual emotional depth and intensity Be unusually vulnerable; feel confused if thoughts and feelings not taken seriously
Be highly sensitive; be acutely perceptive Be perceived as immature; try to mask feelings to conform; be vulnerable to criticism
Be concerned with adult/moral issues; be idealistic Attempt unrealistic reforms; feel frustrated, angry, depressed; develop a cynical attitude; receive intolerance from age peers
Aim at perfection Set unrealistically high goals; feel inadequate; feel frustrated with others; fear failure, inhibiting attempts in new areas
Exhibit independence, nonconformity Have a tendency to challenge and question indiscreetly; have difficulty with rigid conformity, may be penalized; exhibit rebellious behavior
Have a heightened self-awareness, feelings of being difficult Experience social isolation; regard difference as bad, worthless, resulting in low self-esteem
Have a keen sense of humor Use humor inappropriately or to attack others; feel confused when humor is not understood; feel rejected by others
Possess unusual imagination Be seen as weird; feel stifled by lack of creative opportunities
Respond and relate to older children and adults Experience social isolation; be seen as show off, odd, superior, critical; be rejected by older children

This information comes from
Queensland (Australia) Association for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc.

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