I have a 6th grade student who is one of the brightest kids I have ever met. He's in gifted classes for both reading and math, and he has always scored in the 99th percentile for reading and math on standardized tests. My question is this: how can he be such a terrible speller? I mean we're talking getting less than half right on a spelling test. He's always had difficulty with spelling. It's just so strange. This is my first year teaching so I don't know if this is common or what. My other students who are in the gifted programs have no problem with spelling. I'm just wondering what is it about this child that makes spelling so challenging. ??