Characteristics of Highly Able Learners
1. Utilizes systematic and analytical problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Is able to hypothesize
- Manages impulsivity
- Asks the questions and poses problems
- Sees relationships among unrelated facts
- Seeks new associations
- Demonstrates capacity for inquiry
- Prefers “digging into” concepts/topics
- Selects more complex approach or solution
- Implements inventive/innovative strategies for problem-solving
2. Contributes and supports ideas and concepts using elaboration and creative thought.
- Is highly curious
- Thinks and communicates with clarity and precision
- Is inventive
- Enjoys exploration type activities
- Generates many ideas
- Expresses unique, original ideas
- Constructs abstractions
- Gives unusual, clever, unique responses
3. Evaluates and synthesizes unit concepts.
- Asks many questions of a provocative nature
- Considers the what-ifs—inquisitive about why and how instead of what
- Shows superior judgment in evaluating things
- Can see implications and consequences
- Formulates new possibilities
- Restructures ideas
- Has keen power of observation
- Is creative, imaginative, and innovative
4. Exhibits task commitment utilizing metacognition.
- Is persistent
- Has a strong desire to learn
- Is a self-starter
- Is self-motivated
- Pursues individual interests
- Seeks own direction (needs little help in knowing what/how to do)
- Has outstanding power of concentration
- Is self-evaluative/self-checking
- Is skeptical
5. Utilizes multiple resources and technology.
- Is mentally and physically involved in the learning process
- Creates multimedia products
- Taps a variety of resources to gather information
- Combines elements of materials/knowledge in a unique and creative manner
6. Develops quality products.
- Produces a variety of detailed steps
- Delights in embellishing materials and ideas
- Designs products related to real-life situations/needs
- Creates products/clarifies learning for others
- Adds unique insights to concepts
- Strives for accuracy and precision
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