My daughter was in the gifted 1st grade program this past year, and we just received the news that she will be in the program next year as well, as
she scored in the 99th percentile in reading on the Otis Lennon ability test and 95th in Math.
I have always been aware that my child is unique. She is never satisfied with the way things are and always seeks to improve methods. This last
semester her teacher was highly impressed with her creative nature and had never seen such enthusiasm when it cam to creating things and ideas.
That being said (I did not post this to gloat about my daughter, though I am a proud father), prior to kindergarten she missed the cut off for the
program by two points on the test. So she was placed in a regular class for kindergarten. The differences between the regular programs and gifted
programs is like night and day. The teachers are specially trained in how to handle these children who think differently than most at their age. The
classroom structure is far more laid back allowing the children to be creative and learn at a pace suited to them. In our school district the gifted
children are even taking Chinese as a class 4 days a week.
When in kindergarten my daughter would bring home the same type of worksheet that was well below her mental level. She got bored very fast and it was
like pulling teeth to get her to do any homework. She had a great teacher, don't get me wrong, but the teacher had to base her teaching on state and
government standards (remember no child left behind act). This kept my daughter from growing in her abilities and in fact would have brought her
mental thinking down a level if her teacher hadn't had my daughter learn from the classroom computer, while the other children were reviewing past
assignments or taking tests as my daughter would wize right through them.
It took my daughter a bit to get caught up with the other challenge first graders (since most were in the kindergarten challenge program) but by mid
term she had caught up and by the end of the year far surpassed many in her class.
What I am getting at here is that though the government may be monitoring some gifted programs throughout the country, I do not see this as a
conspiracy or whatever. Gifted children have a tendency to act differently than other children their age. Their minds absorb everything and they do
not forget. For any parent out there who has a child in the gifted program, you are very much aware of the downsides of having a gifted child. for
those that do not know, here are a few of those signs
Very emotional and often over react to both negative and positive things in their lives.
Very interested in news and goings on in this world. (but also worries about them, weather, news, ...... )
Highly Empathetic to all human and animal.
Can be very stubborn
Do not like to be wrong
Rely a lot of routine and if that routine is off then can get agitated.
Will not stand for injustice
Often like to push boundaries to an extreme
Rarely will surpass those boundaries once set though
Often do not understand why another child their age doesn't understand something that is obvious to them.
Will often try to control others (and are good at figuring out how)
Often are drawn to older people and younger people than themselves (They want to be the student or the teacher if you will)
this list could go on and on, and I am aware that these traits are found in all children gifted or not, and it would be impossible to explain what I
am talking about unless you have worked with a gifted child before.
FACT IS, these programs are needed as my daughter would not be able to cope very well in a regularly structured classroom. She would get to
frustrated at the slow pace and would not be able to excel and fine tune her abilities.
My daughter's challenge class let's her learn at her own pace and opens the door for her to do things other classes could not because of the
repetitive teaching styles those classes use.
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