Comparing High Achievers, Gifted Learners, and Creative Thinkers


I received this chart as an email sometime back. I was reflecting on what it is saying about gifted children and how they are different from high achievers and creative thinkers.
For those of us who work with gifted children and creative thinkers, I think this list is great. I shared this with my students and many of them felt they saw themselves in it.
Chart Comparing High Achievers, Gifted Learners, or Creative Thinkers

A High Achiever…

A Gifted Learner…

A Creative Thinker…

Remembers the answers

Poses unforeseen questions

Sees exceptions

Is interested

Is curious

Wonders

Is attentive

Is selectively mentally engaged

Daydreams; may seem off task

Generates advanced ideas

Generates complex, abstract ideas

Overflows with ideas, many of which will never be developed

Works hard to achieve

Knows without working hard

Plays with ideas and concepts

Answer the questions in detail

Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives

Injects new possibilities

Performs at the top of the group

Is beyond the group

Is in own group

Responds with interest and opinions

Exhibits feelings and opinions from multiple perspectives

Shares bizarre, sometimes conflicting opinions

Learns with ease

Already knows

Questions: What if…

Needs 6 to 8 repetitions to master

Needs 1 to 3 repetitions to master

Questions the need for mastery

Enjoys the company of age peers

Prefers the company of intellectual peers

Prefers the company of creative peers but often works alone

Understands complex, abstract humor

Creates complex, abstract humor

Relishes wild, off-the-wall humor

Grasps the meaning

Infers and connects concepts

Makes mental leaps: Aha!

Completes assignments on time

Initiates projects and extensions of assignments

Initiates more projects that will ever be completed

Is receptive

Is intense

Is independent and unconventional

Is accurate and complete

Is original and continually developing

Is original and continually developing

Enjoys school often

Enjoys self-directed learning

Enjoys creating

Absorbs information

Manipulates information

Improvises

Is a technician with expertise in a field

Is an expert who abstracts beyond the field

Is an inventor and idea generator

Memorizes well

Guesses and infers well

Creates and brainstorms well

Is highly alert and observant

Anticipates and relates observations

Is intuitive

Is pleased with own learning

Is self-critical

Is never finished with possibilities

Gets A’s

May not be motivated by grades

May not be motivated by grades

Is able

Is intellectual

Is idiosyncratic

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