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What would you think if the teacher...UPDATE (I talked to the teacher)

 said your child needs to get used to being bored in class?  I mean a child who's already at the benchmark (I guess that's what it's called) for the end of the school year months before it ends.  For example, a 2nd grader who is already where they need to be in terms of the end of 2nd grade. 

NOT one who just finds school boring but isn't where they need to be end of the school year.

THANKS!  I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who responded & gave me some advice/suggestions on how to handle the issue.  I liked as many as I could instead of quoting everyone.  Just to answer the Gifted question for those who have mentioned it.  The district doesn't have a program until 4th grade & that's afterschool.  My son is in the highest class for his grade so there's nowhere else for him to go so switching teachers isn't an option.  Unfortunately what would be considered their Advanced classes is determined by the number of kids in the grade so although it may start out that way if there are too many kids then it gets eliminated.  Oh & when I asked her in November for challenging work she told me she couldn't give the next grade's work because he'd be bored in that grade as well.         

UPDATE:  So I talked to the teacher in an attempt to get her to kind of switch it up for the kids who are already where they need to be.  She said she would think about it & see if she could come up with something.  BUT school ISN'T ABOUT ENTERTAINING STUDENTS & some stuff they just need to kind of deal with it because it's not that long (the task she's asking them to do).  She says she can't have the others do something else because only about 3 of them aren't where they need to be so if she has the others sit & do something else it would be a distraction.  Or if she had my son do something then the others will want to know why they can't.  Sigh. 

by on May. 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM
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aliciajacinta
by on May. 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

if he or she told him that,then he should not be a teacher.For a teacher is there to teach his students to become better and explore the beyond,not the set back. If you and other gifted students parents get together and go to the superintendent and explain what is being done or not done to you student and they still ignore you,then take it to the media,what a lot of district's do not like is to get bad media from parent.. It is your right to see that your kids get the best education that you as a TAX PAYER can get,this administrator seem to forget that it is you the TAX PAYER that is paying his or her salary

I_told_you_so
by on May. 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I'd tell the teacher to give him more work, and that next year's teacher may be more able to deal with the boredom.  Every teacher knows that boredom=trouble.   Even the best behaved kids have a threshhold for boredom before they act out.  Most of the bad behavior in schools is done to relieve boredom.  If the teacher won't do it, then go to the principal and the guidance counselor.  It might be that your child may need to be skipped a grade.

bbkimberly
by on May. 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM
I teach and at our district the kids are separated into groups that work at their level within the grade. The teachers as a grade level sort through them all and split them up for a certain time into small groups for language arts so that they are taught at their level. It's at this time that kids from a different class will be in their room. These groups will go from low on the scale to high. That's how we handle that. I suggest going to the principal and if that doesn't help go to the district.
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lulubird83
by New Member on May. 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Have you considered having your child tested for the Gifted and Talented program? A smart kid can easily lose interest in school all together if you don't keep him interested.

LaDiosa
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Go above her head that's what I did. I don't mind calling a lazy teacher out. It pisses me off when they don't care enough to recognize a Childs potential and help them. So I called my sons teacher out tothe higher up's and got what I wanted it took a while but it wOrked.
AnGLInterrupted
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I would be upset and talk to them about it that's for sure.  BUT..  most kids (if not all) start getting bored/restless this time of year.  School is almost out, summer is getting closer and kids start twitching.  I think they kind of get "burned out" after so many months.  That's just MHO though.

ageofmontessori
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM


Quoting mommy2cristian:

 said your child needs to get used to being bored in class?  I mean a child who's already at the benchmark (I guess that's what it's called) for the end of the school year months before it ends.  For example, a 2nd grader who is already where they need to be in terms of the end of 2nd grade. 

NOT one who just finds school boring but isn't where they need to be end of the school year.

THANKS!  I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who responded & gave me some advice/suggestions on how to handle the issue.  I liked as many as I could instead of quoting everyone.  Just to answer the Gifted question for those who have mentioned it.  The district doesn't have a program until 4th grade & that's afterschool.  My son is in the highest class for his grade so there's nowhere else for him to go so switching teachers isn't an option.  Unfortunately what would be considered their Advanced classes is determined by the number of kids in the grade so although it may start out that way if there are too many kids then it gets eliminated.  Oh & when I asked her in November for challenging work she told me she couldn't give the next grade's work because he'd be bored in that grade as well.         


ageofmontessori
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM


Quoting mommy2cristian:

 said your child needs to get used to being bored in class?  I mean a child who's already at the benchmark (I guess that's what it's called) for the end of the school year months before it ends.  For example, a 2nd grader who is already where they need to be in terms of the end of 2nd grade. 

NOT one who just finds school boring but isn't where they need to be end of the school year.

THANKS!  I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who responded & gave me some advice/suggestions on how to handle the issue.  I liked as many as I could instead of quoting everyone.  Just to answer the Gifted question for those who have mentioned it.  The district doesn't have a program until 4th grade & that's afterschool.  My son is in the highest class for his grade so there's nowhere else for him to go so switching teachers isn't an option.  Unfortunately what would be considered their Advanced classes is determined by the number of kids in the grade so although it may start out that way if there are too many kids then it gets eliminated.  Oh & when I asked her in November for challenging work she told me she couldn't give the next grade's work because he'd be bored in that grade as well.         


ageofmontessori
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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I would be furious for multiple reasons. 1, the teacher worth his or her salt knows how to capture the interest and keep it going. NO CHILD SHOULD BE CONSISTENTLY BORED  in school. 2. Essentially the teacher is telling you it's ok for him to waste his time. 3. The culture of a school that only covers the required curriculum for a given grade and allows no one to move at their own rate is cheating many of the students... those who are ahead and most likely those who are behind. 4. Where is the respect for your child's individual genius? Why should several months of his learning potential be sacrificed? 

Just so you know, Montessori elementary schools are designed with respect for each one's interests and rate of progress. NO ONE is left bored at any time. Mixed ages with a clear academic path and multiple means to acheive assigned learnings makes learning interesting and fun.

I_told_you_so
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Mom, I know exactly what you're going through.  I was a gifted child who was not put in a gifted classroom, and spent my years bored to tears in the classroom.  It eventually led me to develop bad study habits - waiting until the last minute for homework, papers, study (if I even did).  It caused me to be too laid back and become an underachiever.  Later in life, I discovered that not only was I more intelligent than I thought, I qualified for Mensa!  Had I known that in early grades, I would have gone on and done more with life.  I also have ADHD which may have made it harder to spot my intelligence earlier.  Now, I have a college degree, was a teacher but I was disgusted by the administration in the schools here.  Between the administration not backing up teachers, and other teachers teaching down (9th grade kids being taught at 7th grade levels), I had to get out of education.  Around here, the best elementary teachers have "stations" around the classroom that are changed regularly.  When the child is finished with his or her work, they can go to the station and work quietly.  The teacher usually checks the student's work either before he can go to the station, or after seeing him go there.  Using this method, it would be relatively easy for her to set up a special station for your son to have more challenging work.  If he ends up with too much of next year's work, you may be able to get him skipped a year in classes.  However, I wouldn't do that unless he is very far ahead because he needs the social aspect, although many kids who are highly intelligent tend to gravitate to older kids because they are advanced in their interests as well.

Have the school psychologist give him an intelligence test.  IQ is mental age divided by physical age times 100.  Mental age is the age group at which he functions.  If they won't give him the test, you can get any child psychologist to give it to him.  They even have a non-verbal test.   It will give you a better idea of what you're dealing with, and it just may force the school into helping you more.

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