Take a look at these lists.

  • We all display some of these characteristics at times. 
     Students with exceptionally high ability and potential, however, regularly display many.

Typical Positive Traits

    • Innovative and experimental
    • Interested and full of wonder
    • Brave intellectually
    • Fond of challenging tasks
    • Insatiable and curious learner
    • Known to remember info well
    • Quick to learn if interested
    • Self-directed if interested
    • Probing with high level questions
    • Possessing advanced vocabulary
    • Adult-like in speech
    • Skillful with detailed elaboration
    • Excellent reading skills
    • Natural aptitude for math
    • Astute observational skills
    • Impressive attention span and ability to concentrate
    • Strong in ability to connect ideas
    • Quick to generate ideas
    • Flexible thinker
    • Visual thinker
    • Quick with connections/conclusions
    • Impatient with routine procedures
    • Imaginative
    • Expressive and original (including verbal, artistic, dramatic, musical)
    • Witty and wry sense of humor
    • Skillful as a leader
    • Sensitive to self and others
    • Full of common sense

Negative Behaviors

    • Stubborn
    • Disruptive
    • Disorganized
    • Sloppy/careless with work
    • Impulsive: poor with directions
    • Underachieving/under productive
    • Disinterested in skill development
    • Indifferent: shows a lack of effort
    • Weak in study habits
    • Lacking social skills
    • Immature emotionally
    • Ashamed to shine in front of peers
    • Lacking resiliency: gives up easily
    • Lacking problem solving skills
    • Egotistical/arrogant
    • Impatient with others

When needs go unmet

    • Test scores and grades drop
    • General decline in performance
    • Underachievement
    • Impertinence and defiance
    • Disruptive behavior
    • Increased power struggles
    • Increased parental pressures
    • Loss of social confidence
    • Loss of social capital
    • Loss of academic confidence
    • Depression, anxiety, insecurity
  • How many of these describe you or someone you may know?