Does anyone have an opinion on a regular class vs a talented and gifted class I am undecided on this decision i could keep him in a regular class where he is doing very well and is happy or i could transfer him into a new school for talented and gifted.

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Kylie - posted on 02/08/2009

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Theresa, in the Moms of the Highly Gifted group one of the teacher moms suggested developing a box at school, for when your child had either finished the work assigned or had already mastered it, that provided more challenging work that was related to what they were learning in class. The box could have concrete materials in there or online based learning.



My daughter is also very happy in her school so if she does start to complain about being bored  this year (instead of reading her novel from home when she has finished her work) I am going to try this option. There is a great U.S. site for webquests that I will be adapting for my 2 to Aus relevant information but they are both so excited about this and hopefully the teacher will be receptive.



Also re: homework my daughter refuses to do homework and because she does so well in class so far none of her teachers have enforced it and she is now in Year 3. I state at the start of each school year that if the homework is to assist her learning in an area she has not mastered I will endeavour to have her complete it but if it is a task that she has already mastered I will not make her and the teachers have been satisfied with that. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 02/06/2009

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What does your son want to do? Like many of the other moms here, my GT children (I have three) go to classes for an hour a day or for a day a week. It is a great way to keep them interested in school. Before my youngest was able to get into the class, I encouraged her to read a lot and we enriched her at home. Either way, she's been happy. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2009

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Ask your son. My son was tested and offered the giften program. Our program takes him to the gifted class only once a day and we got lucky that they do the class at the school he is in. It isn;t more difficult them his regular work, it just gives them more options and does more independent study that he loves. I would suggest doing a observation. With my son, I would let him do the observation (which is what I did) and let him decide. If that doesn;t fit you, do the observation yourself. Just call, tell them who you are and that you want to observe the classroom. Take a note book. They won't even know if you are a parent. They might assume you are a student in ed. My son has compained about his gifted class (like he randomly complains about everything) I told him he could leave the gifted class. I was doing great in the regular class. I was like. "ol, you can go back to not going" and he retracted quickly.

Mindy - posted on 02/04/2009

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The only reason why you should even consider changing to a gifted school is if he is bored or unhappy in his current school. I did end up transfering my son to a gifted class but I did it because he already knew what they were teaching in his other school and he was acting up a lot at home and a bit in school because he was bored all day.

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I have to agree with everyone. It's best to keep him where he is and let him explore his interests in his free time. If you have a good relationship with his teacher see if she can help him by letting him go to the library or computer lab, if possible. There is such a push for our kids to be the smartest that we forget about them being kids. They need to be free to explore their interests and not sit at a desk moving answers from the book to the paper.

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Theresa - posted on 02/07/2009

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extra work.  he doesn't even want to do the work he has....lol ... he gets plenty for a 1st grader.  Thanks for the advice he's very smart and talented loves to draw but when it comes to h.w. well thats a different story.

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have to agree with most my 12yr old is in 6th grade but does 8th grade work.. The teachers at her school give her the work that the whole class is doing then give her extra because she gets finished quickly.. Sometimes you have to think on the social side of things..If you son is having fun and doing well, than keep him there..Changing schools or grades even can cause confusion aswell as distraction from just being his age and a kid..Ask the teachers if they could give him extra work that will stimulate his mind but not have it effect his grade..Good Luck..It is always a hard discion when it comes to your own kids..

Theresa - posted on 02/05/2009

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thanks but he is doing great in his current school as far as home well we have our days but i dont think its cause hes bored .

Marcelle - posted on 02/04/2009

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Then leave him there. Encourage him to have additional interests. My daughter does really well within a normal school, and she is much happier that way. She does an awful lot outside of school. In a way she learns more because it is self-directed, i.e. fulfilling her own questing mind, rather than writing reams of paper to satisfy some curriculum. And she has the free-time to explore those interests instead of doing additional travelling and homework.

Theresa - posted on 02/04/2009

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I'm not sure if he'd be able to go back.  The school he attends is not his zoned school.  My husband says "leave him where he is whats wrong with him being one of the smartest in the class"  I don't know what to do decisions decisions...my son wants to stay where he is (of course) 

Marcelle - posted on 02/04/2009

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It depends with how he copes with change. Also if he transfers schools, will he still be able to keep the same friends / out of school activities? If he can and travel time / extra work doesn't interfere, why not try it? You could come back to the current school, right?

Theresa - posted on 02/04/2009

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Thaks but the thing is i would have to transfer him to a new school.  he is doing very well in his current school and he an stay there till 8th grade which is wonderful most other schools in my area only go up to the 5th grade then they go to a junior high school i reall like his current school its very small and every one knows each other almost like family.  He gets tons of h.w. now does your boy get extra hw because he is in this program?

Shannon - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son has been in GT since 3rd grade. In his school, it is more of a thinking outside the box type class. They meet once a week. It doesnt really have a 'I'm smarter than you vibe.'



He loves it.

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