Dee - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Both my 10 yr old and 8 yr old are in a "Gifted Program" in school. They are in what are called in our school "Gifted Cluster" classrooms, so basically they are w/other gifted children or children deemed of Gifted ability but were not accepted into the gifted program. They also have middle to lower learners in their classroom (they have to, based on No Child Left Behind). My older one is your typical Gifted Child, emotional (crys at the drop of a hat), very sensative, follows direction to a T, straight A's, anal about her work, very friendly, yet quiet, athletic and sort of dorky at times (I think that is just her age), scores high on standardized testing, reads on a 6th grade level. My younger one is free spirited, has to be told a million times to do something,scores high on standardized testing, yet in school she lacks focus, hides her undone work from the teacher, lies, will hand in less then acceptable work in her classroom and has even failed her regular classroom tests from time to time on stuff she knows. Her teacher and I struggle to get her focused and to take her work seriously, yet when she goes to her Gifted class (one day a week she spends the entire day w/the Gifted teacher in a class w/only gifted students)she hands in all her work on time, scores high on
tests, focuses (matter of fact her Gifted teachers says, my daughter will often go off and work alone at a table when she can work w/others in a group). Why is she so different in her Gifted classroom then in her regular classroom? Her regular classroom is a gifted endorsed teacher and she is in a gifted cluster. Is she not being challenged enough (her teacher is new and only been teaching gifted cluster for 2 yrs, where her Gifted Teacher has been doing it for over 20 yrs. Is this typical for a gifted child? I would think my oldest is the typical gifted child. I will admit when my older was offered to test for Gifted I was not surprised, but when they offered to test my younger one I was very surprised and surprised again when my younger one scored Higher on her IOWA tests then her older sister. I would like to find out if others have had this problem and what they did to get their Off Track Gifted Child back on Track and focused. I just don't understand performing to high ability in her Gifted Class, but not in her Gifted Cluster classroom. I am tired of talking to her over and over about the lying, the hiding of work, the incomplete work, the test grades. It seems it goes in one ear and out the other.