My son is 7 years old and in the second grade. He is one of the youngest kids in his class but i feel that he is smart. His teacher all year has been reminding me about the fact that he is one of the youngest and the work just keeps getting harder and harder forhim. I feel like she has put him in a certain category and she is unwilling to see that he is just as capable. He is a child that is very much at his own pace and if he is rushed he tends to shut down. We are doing everything we can here at home to help him out. i have asked him to bring home AR books that are higher than his reading level and he has been doing that and he is doing fine on his testing with them. Now she is wanting to discuss the fact that he is bringing these books home. We went in and talked with her the other day and i thought we had it worked out but now my son is telling me she wants to talk with me again about his choice. Any thoughts?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 1:24 PM on Jan. 17, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Answer by Anonymous at 1:31 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
Answer by SalemWitchChild at 1:33 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
You may "feel" that he is smart, but the teacher has documentation and data to back up her opinions. Go talk to her and see what she has to say.
This: He is a child that is very much at his own pace and if he is rushed he tends to shut down. Can be a big problem. Public school has to work with norms and averages. If his pace is slower than the general pace of the class, I can see where she has concerns.
Answer by Pnukey at 1:35 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
I'm guessing the issue is that if he's bringing home books above his level she's concerned that he's not reading them on his own. It's important that he reads book on his level to himself and has more difficult books read to him. If your son needs help with more than one word on a page, then the books he's choosing aren't at his independent level. It's important at this stage that he practices with books he can read without assistance.
Answer by maxswolfsuit at 1:44 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
If you suspect that he is gifted, then absolutely get him tested. If there is not a gifted program in the school district, often gifted children are eligible for an IEP. You may also want to look into enrichment programs to keep his brain engaged. This is a great resource for parents: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/
Answer by rkoloms at 3:08 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
The STAR test shouldn't be used to determine retentions, that's ridiculous. They might just be using those scores as an example, but if that's the only problem you need to fight it. If he's making Bs there is now way they should even be considering holding him back. Tell him when he takes the test to whisper it aloud to himself very quietly. Then when he picks the answer, to reread the sentence again with the answer he thinks is right before he clicks to go the next question. I've had kids go up 2 grade levels in one day just by using test taking strategies.
Answer by maxswolfsuit at 3:41 PM on Jan. 17, 2010
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