Bright Child Gifted Child Knows the answers. Asks the questions. Interested. Extremely curious. Pays attention. Gets involved physically and mentally. Works hard. Plays around, still gets good test scores. Answers questions. Questions the answers. Enjoys same-age Prefers adults or older peers. children. Good at memorization. Good at guessing. Learns easily. Bored. Already knew the answers. Listens well. Shows strong feelings and opinions. Self-satisfied. Highly critical of self (perfectionistic).
Bright kids are easy to teach. You teach them something, they practice it, they get it, they do it. Gifted kid are heaps trickier. They will have opinions on what you are teaching. They may already be able to do it (which is good), be bored with it, not want to do it, have their own way of doing it, or disagree with the whole premise on which you are operating and refuse to do it. And giftedness is often bundled in with disability, which complicates everything considerably (and makes it more wonderful).
I'm going to this meeting to try to support kids whose giftedness is in the arts areas. It's likely their teachers have no idea that these kids are gifted. Many will be right brain dominant visual-spacial learners. These kids may be messy, big picture types - they'll be annoying to teach because their brains work in a non-sequential way. They could be atrociously bad at basic things like spelling and memory work, organisationally impaired and unconscious of time. But they have fantastic thinking skills and imaginations.
Anyway, I'm off to this meeting. Have you notice that we only ever talk of giftedness in children? That's because with grown ups potential doesn't matter. What you have done is what we care about.