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How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted? 
Gifted students are those children and youth whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishments are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs, both in academic and social/emotional realms. Gifted students have abilities and/or talents that lie well outside the norms of the typical learner and, therefore, require significant modifications to the pacing, depth and complexity of curriculum and instruction. (Colorado Department of Education) Many gifted students are also high achievers; however, many are not. High achievers are not always gifted students. Here’s just a few characteristics of high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers.
High Achiever
Gifted Learner
Creative Thinker
Works hard to achieve
Knows without working hard
Plays with ideas and concepts
Is attentive
Is selectively mentally engaged
Daydreams; may seem off task
Learns with ease
Already Knows
Questions: What if?...
Is accurate and complete
Is original and continually developing
Is original and continually developing
Is highly alert and observant
Anticipates and relates observations
Is intuitive
Kingore Observation Inventory: Parental Assessment Form
See The Gifted Handbook for further details regarding Identification

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