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     Frequently Asked Questions
    How do you define Highly Capable?

    Highly Capable students are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in the top 5% or rarer) in one or more domains. 


    What are some characteristics of Highly Capable students?

                • Thoughtfully interrelating complex knowledge from multiple subject areas

                      •Having exceptional insight to themes and generalizations

                      •Demonstrating sophistication in learning and applying new information to tasks

                      •Asking provocative questions that probe and analyze problems

                      •Giving diverse, thought-provoking, responses that lead to innovative solutions

                      •Insightfully evaluating information and ideas

                      •Creating products that synthesize ideas from a variety of challenging sources

                      •Initiating and going above and beyond required assignments



    What is the difference between a bright child and a Highly Capable child?



    Knows the answers

    Asks the questions

    Is interested

    Is highly curious

    Is attentive

    Is mentally/physically involved

    Has good ideas

    Has wild, silly ideas

    Works hard

    Plays around yet tests well

    Answers the questions

    Discusses in detail; elaborates

    Top group

    Beyond the group

    Listens with interest

    Shows strong feelings and opinions

    Learns with ease

    Already knows

    6-8 repetitions for mastery

    1-2 repetitions to mastery

    Understands ideas

    Constructs abstractions

    Enjoys peers

    Prefers adults

    Grasps the meaning

    Draws inferences

    Completes assignments

    Initiates projects

    Is receptive

    Is intense

    Copies accurately

    Creates a new design

    Enjoys school

    Enjoys learning

    Absorbs information

    Manipulates information



    Good memorizer

    Good guesser

    Enjoys straight-forward, sequential presentation

    Thrives on complexity

    Is alert

    Is keenly observant

    Is pleased with own learning

    Is highly self-critical


    By: Janice Szabos – Gifted Quarterly