Bright vs. Gifted

Comparison of Bright vs. Gifted

Bright Child

Knows the answers
Pays attention
Works hard
Answers questions
Enjoys same-age peers
Good at memorization
Learns easily
Listens well

Gifted Child

Asks the questions
Extremely curious
Get involved physically and mentally
Plays around, still gets good test scores
Questions the answers
Prefers adults or older children
Good at guessing
Bored. Already knew the answers
Shows strong feelings and opinions
Highly critical of self (perfectionist)

Source: Janice Szabos as quoted in “The Gifted and Talented Child,” Maryland Council for Gifted & Talented Children, Inc. PO Box 12221, Silver Spring, MD 20908

Contact: Mari Jo Starks