So what are we talking about when we use the term 'gifted and talented'? Gifted and talented students learn, experience and often respond to the world in a different way to most. Giftedness is something that these children are born with and it is often accompanied by lots of challenges for both child and family. Often these students are misunderstood.
Contrary to common beliefs, gifted and talented students are not always:
In fact, gifted and talented may:
The Cheetah is an interesting article about why it is important to identify and address the needs of gifted children, and why achievement on its own is not sufficient to identify all gifted children.
These are some of the other terms used to describe this group of learners:
Another term often used by schools is GATE. This is short for Gifted and Talented Education. Some schools use the term GAT or GaT when referring to the Gifted and Talented.
Other terms you may hear when educators talk about giftedness are:
These terms all refer to the same concept, that of a child who is exceptional in that they are gifted, but also exceptional in another way as well. For example the student may be gifted and also have an impairment, disability or disorder which results in the need for additional support at school. For more about this, see the section 'Giftedness as well as a Disability, Impairment or Disorder' on the Characteristics page.