HeatherBD's picture
HeatherBD

Public School

My son is in 2nd grade. He was identified last year as gifted from IQ testing, observations, and academic testing. He has always loved school and just thinks it's so easy and fun. His kindergarten teacher and first grade teacher made him the classroom assistant. He loved it and I dealt with it. At the end of the year the school district tested him and he's in a gifted program one full day a week. That's great but he's not learning anything at all 4 days a week. He really isn't. The teachers let him play computer games during class time. Not educational games, but monster trucks and such.
This summer we did science experiments as a family because his school does not do any science or social studies instruction until 2nd grade and he was so curious. The school told me this year not to teach him at home because he will only be more bored in class. Today he asked me to do some math with him. At first I tried to move him on to doing something else, but he asked again and I got to thinking, "why am I holding my child back?" So we did some algebra. I am frustrated.
I am a special education teacher turned SAHM and I have a younger son who is in special education and struggles just to go to school. I have always said, my oldest is my easy child, but I am just now realizing that if I am really doing the right thing by my oldest, than it's not going to be easy either.
What have others done to help their children still learn in school?



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bpriestleyGWS
A couple of suggestions: 1. Talk with your son's teacher(s) and see if he might be able to work with a select group of other children on tasks that fit his developmental level. 2. I've seen a couple of public elementary schools deal with issues like this where advanced students in mathematics leave their classroom and go to the next grade up (or even two grades) at the time that they do their math lessons. I would say though that if your child is intellectually advanced in a superior form to his classmates and is also developing well socially, don't hold him back but push him forward in the event that he might be able to skip a grade. Maintain contact with his teacher though because if your son is incredibly bored, that can cause his grades in second grade to drop because he isn't stimulated enough to learn the material. Best wishes, BP
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Pearl333
I would talk to his teacher. Gt students are supposed to receive differentiation instruction. That means the teacher should adapt the work to his needs. It's not okay that they say to stop teaching him at home. I am a teacher and I feel that the parent is the ultimate teacher because they have the most influence. It's the teachers job to educate and that means extend prior knowledge. I can't say it's not hard. I'm sure there are low students in your sons class that need her. Teachers at my school have a bin for gifted or quick students with higher level work. Maybe ask the teacher if he can do projects. If he finishes a task he can research and work on a project while she attends to other students. He can even design his own project and rubric. This is minimal work for the teacher and great motivation for the kid. Maybe he can even present to the class and motivate other students to achieve more. Good luck that's a hard one but definetly advocate for your chid.
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notmilitary
I agree with Pearl333. Students are supposed to receive differentiated instruction. But unless you make sure it is done, it probably won't be. I met with my son's principal and teachers many times over the same problem, although particularly when he got older. He worked particularly well when he had goals, such as research projects.
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monty123
You should talk to his teacher and you should try try to promote him to higher standard wherein he can use his IQ level much more efficiently which will help him to grow faster. ___________________ franchise children