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What are the Traits of an Exceptional Student?
- March 31, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
First of all, let’s define exceptional.
For instance in education, an exceptional student may also be identified as a gifted student; gifted being defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn. The term, twice exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e, is also tied to intellectually gifted children who have some form of disability. They are considered exceptional both because of their intellectual gifts and because of their special needs.
What we want to focus on here is exceptionalism as a character trait and how to recognize it in people of any age: child, teen, student, teacher or parent.
While exceptional people may seem to have it all, the fact is exceptionals focus on cultivating their inner worlds and the more soft-spoken qualities of their character. They know that to be wholly successful means taking responsibility, showing respect and having integrity.
Grace is that dignified elegance about a person’s appearance, movement, personal style or behavior. To be graceful is to be strong and assured in who one is and to move gently within that energy. Exceptional people live with a sense of inner elegance and are graceful even in the midst of challenges. They maintain an ethical manner with poise and dignity. Regardless of their age, they reflect grace, depth and personal wisdom.
Kindness comes naturally to exceptional people. It’s how they treat, think about, and speak to others. They are genuine. Even if others see kindness as a weakness or vulnerability, exceptional people know that kindness is one of their strongest influences.
Exceptional people have self-control. They understand that life is always going to present challenges and know the less they react, defend, explain or become fearful or controlling, the more command they have over a situation. Although resilient, they are not boastful about their success.
Knowing that it takes courage to live life fully, to change when necessary, to feel deeply, to take risks even when it’s scary and to pursue their dreams with passion and tenacity, exceptional people stand out from the crowd.
Because exceptional people are deliberate and know who they are and what they want; other people know where they stand with them. They use challenges to positively refine themselves, staying focused on their goals and ‘doing what they love”.
Exceptional people are intelligent and unassuming. They know that intelligence is about knowlege and emotion, and being emotionally grounded they have the ability to keep their eyes on the bigger picture turning obstacles into opportunities.
Exceptional people are clear about who they are and people gravitate toward them. They are simple, upfront, gentle, but direct. For them, life is about being authentic with no ulterior motives and utmost integrity. Who they are does not change from person to person or situation to situation. They are who they are.
The truly exceptional know they must love themselves in order to give and share love. For them love is a verb and it is expresses itself through loving kindness, respect, a smile and sense of inner joy and vitality. They set boundaries and are clear that to remain loving they must protect their heart and put themselves first in negative situations. They accept that some people can stay in their heart, but not in their life.
Most of all, exceptional people know that who they are internally is the most powerful marker of their influence on the world. Students at Yorktown Education are prime examples of how superior education builds exceptional people. We believe that every student should receive an exceptional education and be gifted with the resources to excel at their own pace and “do what they love”.