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sailingpj

Trouble with boredom

I'm a 14 year old freshman who is bored in most of my classes. Some people may think that I'm just posting this in the gifted section to appease my ego, that is not true. I have taken half a dozen online IQ tests and all of them have come back somewhere between 133 and 145. I'm in a Geometry class where 5/8 of the class is taking it for the third time, and the teacher is moving at an extremely slow pace. I have talked to him but he won't help me go ahead. Also I'm in a Geography class where the teacher hates 9th graders (two other teachers told me this). This teacher is also moving at a pace that is way to slow for me, I know that I could learn everything that is in the book in less than a month. I'd get a B+ or higher on a test of the whole book. My Biology teacher doesn't really care about the class. I could do the same thing in this class as I could do in the Geography class. Right now I have a A+ in my honors English class, but even that is easy to get because we read books like Of Mice and Men. It is almost halfway through the third quarter and we are only on our third book. If anybody has any suggestions please post them. I'm very analytical, but not very creative.sorry if there are spelling errors, that is one of the few things that I'm not good at.



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gail

Hey pj 

 

  I'm a grandma, my oldest child is 30, my youngest is 10.  I've been dealing with academically gifted children ever since I was born.  My own children have a wide range of gifts including wide ranges in motivation. 

  When I was about seven years old (I'm sorry I started out that way, "Oh, when I was a child" , but it is the frame of reference I have), I heard a speaker say "Intelligent people are never bored."  What do you suppose he meant?

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gail

Spelling--There are two too many "tu"s to remember.

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sailingpj

Hi Gail,

I understand what you mean by that, but it is really difficult to not be bored when you are having to atleast pretend to be interested while the teacher says stuff that you already know or you know is incorrect. If I don't try to pay attention to the teacher then the teacher has the right to suspend me.

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gail

See if this is what happens to you at school.  The teacher is explaining stuff that you already know, you are "listening", probably not taking notes because you already know these things.  You are restricted from doing the assignment during the lecture. 

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sailingpj

That is exactly what happens, but there are several reasons for me not taking notes. I learn orally, we aren't allowed to write when the teacher is talking, and I already know the material.

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gail

You aren't allowed to take notes?   Really?   I've taken some education classes in college, and I don't understand that rule at all.

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sailingpj

what we have to do is turn in our reading notes on the day of the test. Also, they have to be stamped each day by the teacher.

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gail

But no lecture notes?  OK, so, is there more lecture time or more  assignment time: working on projects, gathering data, researching for reports, discussion groups? 

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sailingpj

We are suposedly discussing the section in the book, that is just the teacher lecturing and asking or answering a question once in a while. The teacher also gets into shouting matches with several students almost everyday. That takes up 1/4 of the class. The teacher has a point, the students just like to hear their own voices. They ask stupid questions that are way off topic. Then when the teacher gets frustrated with the students and stops answering questions about America when we are studying Africa, the students start acting like the teacher is being racist. This usually happens about 2/3 of the way through the period (57 min.) and those of us who actually want to learn know that the class is effictively over. We only get classwork on wensdays and days that the teacher doesen't want to teach.on wensdays we get blank maps to fill in from the textbook, and the few other days we just have to answer some questions that are in the textbook.

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gail

Man, that stinks.  I almost always had teachers who had the gravitas to retain an orderly classroom.  But I remember Mrs. Cram, 5th grade.  I only had her for about 1/2 hour a day, for art.  She would show coloring book pages on the overhead projector and we were supposed to draw the same thing.  And we would goof off because it was stupid, and she would yell at us and get all red in the face.

   Do you think it would be possible for some of you students to take a leadership role in the class?   I know there is a kind of social inertia, it is hard for a small group to change the way a whole group of students works.

  Another idea.

  One thing that worked for some groups I was working with was, we had sticky notes for "burning questions."   As discussion went forward if a question came up that the leader didn't want to address--off topic or they just didn't have the info., the person who posed the  question would write it on the post-it.   This way the questions were respected, and the discussion stayed on topic.  Then on Thursdays, all the post-its were up on the board, and everybody had to take home at least one, and find the answer or information.  The post-its that were left were saved in a dated envelope. On Fridays there were brief oral reports on what was learned (so if you were being lazy you could pick one you already knew).  The grading was 5 points in the participation part of the grade.  No matter if you just stood up and gave a definition you didn't even look up for a word that somebody had asked about, or if you spent 5 hours researching something and made a 5 minute really good presentation. 

  Would your teacher (if you copied that paragraph and printed it out)  be open to that as a suggestion?  I wouldn't tell my classmates about it at all.  Just talk to the teacher. You could just say that you came across it on the internet, not that you were complaining because the quality of your education is rotten.    

  Which it is.  I like the discussion idea, but the dynamic among the students and  between the students and the teacher is really lousy and really is a waste of all of your time.  I wouldn't be bored.  I would be ticked off. 

   I AM ticked off. 

  Oh, and spelling.  After the Norse God Odin, or Wodin, is Wednesday.  Three vowels and a covert d.  It sounds like "when's day?" But it is Wedne's day.  The day between Tui's day and Thor's day.   Talk about OFF THE SUBJECT!