what do you think about making separate classes for the gifted

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Dove - posted on 10/30/2012

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I've never heard of students being able to choose their own teachers by voting anywhere, so I don't have an opinion on it cuz it doesn't exist anywhere that my kids will be in school. You get the teacher that teaches whatever class you are in... period.



I'm in favor of pulling kids from the core classes if they are significantly more advanced or more behind than the general class. The advanced students can get bored doing work they could do in their sleep and if the teacher spends as much time as may be needed on the ones falling behind.... the other students can fall behind as well since they aren't getting the attention THEY need.

Holly - posted on 10/30/2012

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my daughter's school has a separate class for the gifted, my youngest daughter is in the gifted class, what would be the point of holding back students just because half the class doesn't understand... some schools elect to "skip" students to the next grade, but unless they children has been "secretly" learning the next grade's curriculum they would be lost... the "gifted" classes dive more into detail and are less "teacher guided" and need less instruction, so this would be good for the "gifted" students

Elfrieda - posted on 10/30/2012

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Zineb, what's your point? Start a new thread with a new question. There is no such thing as students electing teachers, unless it's some sort of rating system that doesn't actually hold any weight. My thought is that it doesn't exist.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/30/2012

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I'm in favour.



I think it's better to have an extra class for kids so they can stay with their peers for most of the time, but don't get bored out of their minds. My husband and my sister are both brainiacs, and my husband was sent to high school for math class when he was in grade 7 and 8, and had a couple of "enrichment" classes with some other bright kids during the school week, and my sister skipped a grade and got to go to occasional "tickle-your-brain, learn Russian!" events.



It was way better for my husband (he's 10 years older than my sister) because he got to stay with his classmates but still got to use his brain, whereas when my sister was in school, it was kind of impolite to say that one student is smarter than another, therefore her opportunities were much more limited. My parents didn't want her to skip any more grades, so she just bobbed around at the head of the class and competed with some other 99%-getters for the best marks. It worked for her personality, but I think someone with less drive would have started skipping school or acting up out of boredom.

Jazmyne - posted on 10/30/2012

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I have never heard of any school doing this. In one of the schools I was in they moved up the 'gifted' children to a higher grade until they felt challegned. I moved from the 8th grade to the 9th.

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