Are you the parent of a gifted child? If so, it is crucial that you understand the difference between gifted and bright. Oftentimes, giftedness is equated to academic success; however, not all gifted children are academically successful. Gifted children may obtain average grades because they can be highly advanced in specific areas while lacking in other areas.
Bright children usually obtain high grades and are ahead of their peers in all areas. Some gifted children may have learning disabilities or may need special help in some areas. Bright children will likely not need special accommodations at school and are usually confident, aware of their potential, and they tend to get along well with peers and teachers. You must understand what motivates your child so you can help him/her succeed.
“Misplaced Expectations? The Confusion Between Bright and Gifted Children”- Jacob Maslow