The Teacher Observation Scales are designed for identifying children with special abilities. Students who are borderline gifted and talented, puzzling, unknown, new to the school, enigmatic, and/or who display intermittent signs of unusual ability, should be rated by these scales.
There are five scales, comprising between 8 and 13 statements:
The Learning Characteristics scale comprises such behaviours as:
easily grasps underlying principles
problem-finds as well as problem-solves.
The Social Leadership Characteristics scale is made up of behaviours such as:
actively seeks leadership in social situations
communicates well with others
The Creative Thinking Characteristics scale contains such behaviours as :
is not affraid to be different
produces original ideas
The Self-Determination Characteristics scale is defined by behaviours such as:
pushes teachers and adults for explanations
is skeptical of authorisation pronouncements
The Motivational Characteristics scale includes behaviours such as: