As a teacher, you’ll probably like this- when one of my daughters was in Grade 5, she got to go to a special class one day a week which was for kids who had been identified as gifted and/or talented. It was called the Challenge Program, and they pulled a few kids in Grade 5 and 6 from all the schools in the district, who then didn’t go to their regular school on Fridays, but to this classroom in one of the schools.
On the parent-teacher night, the teacher was telling us some of the things they did with the kids, and one was a listening exercise, although the kids weren’t told that’s what it was until afterwards. The teacher said that many gifted children are poor listeners- they are so used to “getting it” before the rest of their peers do, that they think they already know what others are going to say, or how to do things, and tune out.
So she would tell them to get out a sheet of paper and print their name on the upper left hand side. Before she had even finished the sentence, most of them had written, not printed, their name on the upper right side, because that’s how they were normally used to doing it in the regular classroom.
She would then carry on in the same vein, giving instructions that were contrary to the way they were used to being asked to do things. Almost all the kids failed that little exercise (although there were no grades given in that class).
Sometimes the brightest people are the ones who pay the least amount of attention. They think they don’t require instruction, they already “know”.