VERY high student...No clue what to do with him...

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  1. DrivingPigeon

    DrivingPigeon Phenom

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    Aug 26, 2009

    So, we had open house tonight. One of my students read the entire scavenger hunt VERY fluently and completely understood what he read. He read the word ENTERTAINMENT without even sounding it out!!! I asked him how he learned how to be such a good reader and his mom said he just started reading one day.

    Last year I had an advanced student, but he was reading at a guided reading level C at the beginning of the year. He could still participate in most of the group instruction. Sometimes I would give him other things to do, and I always differentiated during literacy centers. I'm guessing this boy is probably around a K or higher.

    He already knows how to do so much of what I do in full-group instruction. I don't even know where to start with him. I don't want to waste his time by teaching him sight words that he can already read. I don't want to waste his time with learning letters and sounds.

    Yes, I'm panicking a little bit, but I was just blown away by this little guy! I'm going to talk to my lit specialist tomorrow, but I thought I'd see if anyone here has experienced a student like this.
     
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  3. Lynnnn725

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    Yes, we had a few high-achieving Kinders the other year. They weren't ready to skip a grade but were definitely above Kinder level in reading. They went to a first grade teachers guided reading group (the highest group in her class).

    A couple high-achieving first graders have done language arts in another teacher's room from another grade. One girl went to a 3rd grade teacher's room during their language arts time.
     
  4. dbcteacher

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    We have a language arts block at my school, so students can be placed at their level. The thing I would caution you about (because we have had this problem) is that when you move students to another grade, you need to watch the maturity level. Many times these students can read and comprehend but kindergarteners, especially, can have a difficult time with the adjustment and the work load. We had to move the k's back to the kindergarten room last year because they were so unhappy they wouldn't and couldn't do the work. :(:( I had to send a first grader back because she kept crying in my room and at home. I lowered the work level for her, but she didn't get the attention she wanted because she wasn't top dog in my room. Her mom asked for her to go back to first grade. Then Mom wanted to move her back to 2nd in March! Sometimes parents just don't have a clue! :eek:I am not saying it can't work because I've had first graders come to my room, but just look at the maturity level and monitor the situation closely so the child is emotionally ok.:hugs:
     
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    I have two very high students in my class. One has all ready gone through the first grade phonics last year when she was in kindergarten, so I am sure she is bored stiff right now in my room. you know they do a lot of review the first few weeks of any grade so she is reviewing stuff she all ready learned. The other one comes from an affluent, only child, well educated household. (mom's a counselor not sure what dad does) On the 3rd day of class he and his Mom asked for harder work. I want to send both to 2nd grade for phonics. Intellectually I think he could do it, but he is sloooooow as molasses to get things done. he is the last one to finish everything. She is pretty good about doing her work. She is VERY quiet and really up until today had not really uttered ONE word to me. I know she was very nervous about starting first grade so it has taken a few days for her to settle in. Which is ok with me. I think she could handle the work load of 2nd, he on the othe hand could handle it if they gave him extra time but as we all know time is one thing that we just don't have in the classroom.
     
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    Aug 29, 2009

    Independent Work

    Gifted children often face the maturity issues that the PP's mentioned. Is it possible to give this child work that can be done alone so you don't run into social issues?
     

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