Intellectual Giftedness

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Remember the bell curve? There are so many levels of intellectual giftedness, but we have to be very aware of exceptionally gifted kids so we don't lose them.

There are certain gifted characteristics some children have that certainly put them on a different academic level than others. As well, current studies on brain research and learning support instructional strategies to benefit these students.

Sometimes teachers like to say that all of their students are gifted, but the reality is that some students truly do have higher levels of intelligence than their peers.

Students with at least two standard deviations above the mean are considered to be intellectually gifted. This is different than having a specific academic talent or being a highly creative thinker.

intellectual giftedness

These students show a wide range and deeper depth of general knowledge that other children.

They also have higher-order thinking skills, use complex vocabulary and can reason out abstract problems.

There are four general levels of intellectual intelligence that are currently recognized and these levels are based on a general IQ score.

Think about it like this: most people's IQ falls in the range of 85-125. 85 would indicate a lower than average intelligence. 120 is where we find our high achievers - not really gifted, but they do very well in school and life.

Beyond the 125 mark is where our students with gifted characteristics are.  Their need to receive differentiated instruction, such as differentiated math instruction.

Specific Levels of Intellectual Giftedness

Level of Intelligence Characteristics Educational Options
Moderate (125-144) Generally cooperative

Learns rapidly

Works independently
Advanced and enriched work

Challenges within content

Limited acceleration
Highly (145-159 May resist typical expectations

Advanced vocabulary


Academic enrichment

Exceptionally (160-179) Reading 3-5 years above grade level

May fixate on one interest

Has few friends

Challenges authority
Individualized programs

Radical acceleration

Intense counseling
Profoundly (180+) Ability to finish pre-college academics by 10-12 years

Socialization difficulties

Can achieve at highest levels
Early admissions

Individualized programs

Counseling is imperative

"Being gifted is like having a really nice car. Our challenge is to help all become sensitive to the diversity of the gifted so their cars can safely enter the high-speed freeway of learning."
Kingore, Bertie. <it>Tempo</it>, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Vol. 17, Num. 2 (pp.1,6), Spring 1997.

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