How do you identify gifted children?
In the past few decades, giftedness among children and adults was determined by testing their IQs. As time progressed, special education programs became more prominent in schools as alternative methods of identifying giftedness began to emerge. It is important that you don’t confuse giftedness with talent, although in some cases, it could be co-related. Giftedness is usually exhibited by a high aptitude for learning, especially in a particular area while talent is exhibited as a superior level of master in a specific skill or field.
Some educational psychologists claim that there are two kinds of giftedness. One kind is exhibited by children who exhibit a heightened level of academic ability while the other exhibits a superior degree of creativity and motivation. Gifted students often exhibit more responsibility to prove their abilities and interest in their specific areas of talent or giftedness.
Gifted children and learning
When it comes to learning, all children handle the activity differently. Gifted children take to learning much more differently than their non-gifted peers. Overall, there are five ways how gifted children learn different compared to other children.
- They learn and pick up new material much faster.
- They tend to have better abilities than their peers to remember things they have learned, eliminating the need for revision and reviews.
- Gifted children are naturally complex and abstract thinkers, giving them an advantage over their non-gifted peers.
- They also focus better on specific areas and topics to the point where they become exclusive of other subjects and topics.
- Gifted children can be stimulated by various topics and subjects at the same time. They are, however, aware of what’s happening around them even while they’re concentrating on a particular task.
These characteristics have been used by parents and educators to help identify and classify children as gifted or not. As gifted children are exposed to more challenges in their lives, especially in academics, they fine tune their learning abilities, refining them to a point where learning becomes second nature to them. Don’t forget that gifted children are perpetually curious as well, always seeking to learn new things and hone their talents. Paying attention to their learning needs can help keep them enticed by various subjects and keep their curiosity afloat.