Important FAQ’s to know:
Is a student who is gifted always a straight “A” student?
Not necessarily. There are gifted students whose academic achievement crosses all areas (language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). There are many who may excel in only one or two areas. There are students that are gifted and have qualified outside of academic achievement that may not have any particular academic strength but use their intellectual ability in other ways. These students display exceptional ability(s) in the visual or performing arts or have critical thinking skills that they demonstrate through problem solving opportunities. Another type of student that may qualify for gifted services may also have a disability that interferes with their ability to perform well in certain curricular areas.
What’s the difference between a high achiever and being gifted?
Students who are high achievers are those who typically are good students, do what is expected of them, please teachers with their attention, and like school for what it is. Gifted students are often more of a challenge to teachers, by always asking questions, questioning what is being offered, and may be less inclined to do what is asked of them.
Did you know?
- Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.
- Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
- When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
- F.W.Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employers would not let him wait on a customer because he "Didn't have enough sense."
- A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had "No good ideas"
- Caruso's music teacher told him "You can't sing, you have no voice at all."
- Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college.
- Verner Von Braun flunked 9th grade algebra.
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd had been retired from the navy, as, "Unfit for service" Until he flew over both poles.
- Louis Pasteur was rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended the Royal College
- Abraham Lincoln entered The Black Hawk War as a captain and came out a private
- Fred Waring was once rejected from high school chorus.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.