There are globally gifted children and unevenly gifted children. Globally gifted children are exceptional across the board in all academic areas. They score high on IQ tests and have an extremely high scholastic ability. These children usually learn to read before kindergarten. Learning is initiated and pursued by the child not by the teacher or parents. These children are always curious and ask a ton of questions. They are persistent and desire an environment that is stimulating.
Unevenly gifted children look a bit more lopsided. Many children that are gifted have more ability in mathematics than literary skills or vice versa. Unevenness seems to be the norm among academically gifted students.
Students can be gifted in other areas other than in academics. Below is the list of the five areas of giftedness.
Intellectually Gifted: These children have a large vocabulary. They have an exceptional grasp of reasoning, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving skills. These children are good at almost everything. At will, they can do exceptionally well, but they don’t always choose to. These children seem to be wired differently and march to the beat of their own drummer, which tends to lead to social issues. They tend not to have patience with the pace of the instruction in the classroom. Some children might show up as underachievers.
Academically Gifted: These children excel in some areas but, maybe not all areas. They have high energy on school tasks, excellent memory and recall. Tend to do well in school and are well liked by teachers.
Artistically Gifted: These children show high potential for the performing arts including: acting, writing, painting, sculpting, singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, and composing. They are compelled to express themselves.
Creatively Gifted: These children have many original ideas that are different from the norm. They resist conformity and possess strong visualization and imagination abilities. These children might show impulsive tendencies.
Leadership: These children assume leadership roles and are accepted by others as leaders. Other children are drawn to them. They are compelled to lead. (This should not be confused with being “pushy” or aggressive. To be gifted in leadership skills a child needs to lead by diplomacy not force.)