Characteristics of Gifted Children (3-Hour)


Presenter: Colleen Boyle, Ph.D.
Core Area: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.1, Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.2, Learning Environments 2.1, Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.5, ODE Teacher Competency d, ODE Teacher Competency e
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary

Did you know that there are cultural, racial, and economic factors that affect all gifted students academically and relationally? In this 3-hour course you will learn some common characteristics of gifted children and how their gifted traits can have both positive and negative aspects. Discover how to help gifted students thrive in your classroom.  

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What makes gifted students different from the rest of your students? Aside from the legal definition of gifted, your gifted students tend to behave and think differently than others. For each gifted student, there are cultural, racial, and economic factors that all affect them academically and relationally. Their gifted traits can have both positive and negative aspects.

In this 3-hour course, Dr. Colleen Boyle gives an overview of common characteristics of gifted children and discusses their strengths, weaknesses, and potential hangups. You will learn how to help gifted students work through common struggles and use evidence-based data to create solutions to help them succeed.

After taking this course, educators will walk away knowing:

  • Key characteristics of gifted students
  • Theories of asynchronous development
  • Types of overexcitabilities and their influence on classroom performance
  • The impact of giftedness on relationships
  • How outside factors affect giftedness
  • Strategies for managing perfectionism and underachievement

ODE teacher competencies: d, e 
NAGC teacher preparation standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 5.5

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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612 reviews for Characteristics of Gifted Children (3-Hour)

  1. Dalia – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed learning about GT students.

  2. Nancy – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    It was informative

  3. Claudia – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I loved this course. It really opened my eyes to many signs that are easily overlooked.

  4. jaime – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    it was ok.

  5. Robert – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Extremely informative, mind opening, Insightful in many forms of the gifted and talented students of all types. Things on how to figure out if we have gifted and talented student in our class and how to go by helping them achieve goals.

  6. Maria Paula – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    The course was very informative with respect to identifying characteristics of gifted students.

  7. elizabeth – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    was very informative.

  8. Paula – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Valuable information.

  9. Monique – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very helpful in knowing what to look for and the characteristics of a gifted child.

  10. Teresa – EASTERN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  11. Jacqueline – Excellence in Leadership Academy (verified owner)

    great course


    I felt the information was presented in an organized manner. I liked the reflective questions, they kept me thinking of my own classroom and how to apply the information from the module.

  13. Catherine – Region 17 (verified owner)

    I felt like this was helpful. I especially enjoyed the first 2 modules.

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