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Gifted vs Bright Learners
Compiled from multiple sources and on-going observations of gifted learners at Baywood Learning Centers 
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Bright Achiever

Intellectually Gifted

Creatively Gifted

Remembers the answers

Poses unforeseen Questions

Sees exceptions


Intensely curious


Is attentive

Is selectively mentally engaged

Daydreams, may seem off task

Will complete tasks

Generates complex abstract ideas. Might not complete tasks.

Overflows with ideas, many of which may not be developed

Works hard to achieve

Knows without working hard

Plays with ideas and concepts

Answers the question in detail

Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives

Injects new possibilities

Easily taught

Already knows

Questions, what if…

Is able

Is intellectual

Is idiosyncratic

Performs at top of the group

Is beyond the group

Is in own group

Needs 6-8 repetitions to master

1-2 repetitions to mastery, then refuses more drilling

Questions the need for mastery

Comprehends at a high level

Comprehends in-depth, complex ideas

Overflows with ideas

Enjoys the company of age peers

Prefers the company of intellectual peers

Prefers company of creative peers, but often works alone


Understands humor

Creates complex, abstract humor

Relishes, off-the-wall humor

Completes assignments on time

Initiates projects and extensions of assignments May refuse homework

Struggles or may fail to complete assignments/homework

Is accurate and complete

Is original and continually developing

Is original and continually



Grasps the meaning

Infers and connects concepts

Makes mental leaps

Is receptive

Is Intense, can be emotional

Is imaginative, can be emotional

Memorizes well

Guesses and infers well

Creates and brainstorms well

Enjoys school

Prefers self directed learning, dislikes school

Prefers being creative, Dislikes school

Gets As

Not motivated by grades, motivated by curiosity, learning is its own reward

Not motivated by grades, motivated by curiosity, motivated to explore new ideas,

Enjoys pleasing teachers and parents through academic achievement

Passionate about learning for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Wants to learn things in-depth: “an inch wide, a mile deep”

Follows curiosity

Pleased with own learning

Self critical

Never finished

Alert attentive

Anticipates and observes


Absorbs information

Manipulates information


Gets A’s

Not motivated by grades, might throw grades so as to be “normal” or to “fit in”

Not motivated by grades




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