Revised May 2010

                            PENDER COUNTY SCHOOLS
                     Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program
                            BEHAVIOR SCALE for Parents/Guardians

Student__________________________________ School_________Grade_____Date_________

Name and relationship of person completing form_______________________________________

Please complete the following scale representing observations of your child. Place your rating
number (1-2-3) on the line to the left of the characteristic or behavior. Use the following rubric:
       1--You have not observed the behavior
       2--You have occasionally observed the behavior
       3--You almost always observe the behavior

                                Characteristics                                                  Total
                 Observed behaviors and characteristics at home
Learns easily:
   _____Is eager to learn
   _____Has lots of information
   _____Retains and retrieves information easily
   _____Carries out complex instructions with ease
   _____Refuses and becomes impatient with tedious and repetitious work                        Out of 24
   _____Appears bored with or rushes through “easy” work                                       possible
   _____Corrects adults.                                                                        points
   _____Does not show work, only answers
Shows advanced skills:
   _____Tells or reproduces stories and events with detail
   _____Has a large vocabulary. Uses descriptive language, similes, puns
   _____Makes up songs, stories, rhymes
   _____Spends free time absorbed in books (may read when supposed to do other things)
   _____Seeks both fiction and non-fiction                                                     Out of 21
   _____Manipulates situations for specific purposes                                           possible
   _____Challenges and requests to go further in depth and complexity on a specific topic.      points
Displays curiosity & creativity:
   _____Questions, explores, experiments
   _____Asks unusual, provocative questions
   _____Is curious (asks how, why, what it?)
   _____Tries to discover the how and why of things
   _____Enjoys doing things in new ways
   _____Puts unrelated ideas and materials together in new and different ways
   _____Offers unique responses                                                                Out of 33
   _____Assumes another persona during activities or conversations                             possible
   _____Has trouble distinguishing fact from fiction                                            points
   _____Does not follow or wait for directions (makes own rules)
   _____Is seen as non-conformist
Has strong interests:
   _____Is able to loose self in something of interest
   _____Demonstrates unusual or advanced interests
   _____Keeps extensive collections
   _____Is considered an “expert” in a particular topic (may seem domineering)
   _____Checks out books on particular topics
   _____Chooses to become involved when area of interest is addressed                          Out of 27
   _____Has interest in areas outside typical school curriculum                                possible
   _____Leads discussions back to one topic of interest                                         points
   _____Resists transition moving onto a new topic of study
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Shows advanced reasoning & problem solving:
    _____Is a keen observer (spots details others miss)
    _____Makes mental connections (transfers learning into other subjects)
    _____Sees cause and effect relationships (asks why?)
    _____Is aware of problems others do not see
    _____Devises or adapts strategies to solve problems
    _____Questions and reasons on a more mature level than peers                           Out of 27
    _____Has “out of the box” ways of solving problems and seeing situations               possible
    _____Doesn’t do well on tests with limited answer choices                               points
    _____Is argumentative
Displays spatial abilities:
    _____Has a good sense of direction
    _____Figures out why and how things work
    _____Takes objects apart and reassembles with speed and accuracy
    _____Creates interesting shapes and patterns
    _____Shows unusual talent in various art forms
    _____Invents games                                                                     Out of 27
    _____Creates 3-dimensional structures                                                  possible
    _____Has excellent motor planning and coordination                                      points
    _____Prefers hands-on experiences to learn
Is motivated:
    _____Is a self-starter (requires little direction)
    _____Is persistent in pursuing and completed self-selected tasks
    _____Is independent
    _____Prefers to do things on own (“the quiet child”)
    _____Enjoys challenge of new and different tasks and ideas
    _____Prefers interacting with older people                                             Out of 27
    _____Converses about mature topics                                                     possible
    _____Does not follow typical path (moves to the beat of a different drummer)            points
    _____Questions authority
Shows social perceptiveness:
    _____Displays sense of humor
    _____Responds to needs of others (is able to see another’s point of view)
    _____Enjoys working with other people
    _____Identifies with individuals in books, history, movies, etc.
    _____Uses skills to resolve conflict
    _____Socially accepted by peers                                                        Out of 27
    _____Is easily distracted by others’ needs                                             possible
    _____Is over-talkative and social                                                       points
    _____Uses humor and sarcasm inappropriately
Displays leadership:
    _____Organizes materials and activities
    _____Accepts and carries out responsibilities
    _____Is sought by others (influences others, positively or negatively)
    _____Adapts readily to new situations and changes
    _____Is a positive and compassionate guide to others
    _____Prefers adult company                                                             Out of 27
    _____Is seen as manipulative and strong-willed                                         possible
    _____Is seen as “bossy” (wants to be the center of attention)                           points
    _____Dominates others (may not be a good follower)

Parent Signature__________________________________ Date_____________

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