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Teachers Take Note......

I am aiming this message at any teachers who may be reading this forum purely as a heart to heart type message.
There are children in your classes who need more than the average syllabus, more than the average pace and whom are desperate for you to open your eyes and notice their requirements.
Everybody knows just how busy you all are and we admire your devotion and recognise the challenges facing you on a daily basis. We in turn would hope that you would notice the kids that are sitting "under the radar". They are good in class but might call out in group time at inappropriate times. They are often untidy workers who find it hard to finish unless the item is of interest or challenge to them, and then as if by magic you have a masterpiece. These kids are often leaders in the classroom, and may be very confident or quite introverted. They are often over emotional, leading you to think that they are immature in their peer group. They tend not to have a close friend, and can be seen on their own a lot. Thier hair is often untidy, shoelaces hanging and last to leave the classroom. They have a keen sense of humour and like to be the joker, and ironically, this can be how life seems to them. They seem to never be taken seriously, in terms of their academic needs, the repetition that is required in the learning process of the average student, is a large frustrating burden to the child who learns at a different level. Imagine youself being in a situation where you could never move on until 29 other people had perfected the task, but you mastered it immediately. There has to be a recognition of higher intelligence as well as lower intelligence as the behavior of these special kids can become the same in terms of disruptiveness or naughtyness. Boredom is a very strong emotion and if it is being experienced 5 days a week there will be an outcome from this, whether it be on the home front or the school front or both. If a child is able to fulfill their academic potential they will be happier in many other aspects of their lives....it stands to reason.
So next time you find a parent suggesting that their child needs more challenges, please take them seriously and stop the undertones of "pushy parent" labelling. 84% of the time we are actually right. Thankyou all of those teachers who do help our kids, we know you are out there somewhere.

Date: 14-October-2006 @ 11:59 pm
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Author: JaneS

Re: Teachers Take Note......

My son has had 7 horrendous years at Catholic Schools. I knew something was different but didn't know he was gifted.
He has now started his third school. At his latest
school he was practically sent to the principal;'s
office everyday. He feels humiliated and feels he was treated terribly. He feels lonely and like he does n't fit in. Has anyone else experienced this kind of treatment?

Date: 18-January-2007 @ 10:22 pm
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Author: LEONIE

Re: Teachers Take Note......

My daughter is to go into year 2 this year and we have taken her out of the local Catholic school and put her into a public school 10 minutes away. We had her tested last year and she has been found to be exceptionally gifted. Even after the results were given to the school they didnt do anything for her. They made of promises but I felt like I had to be up there every few weeks and for 2 terms were told that 'yes, they were working things out for her'. Nothing ever happened then when it was time to go into year two they said they were going to put her into year 4 for maths. I asked who was going to teach her year two and three maths and they said they would help her out but she would be right.
My Daughter had no dicipline issues but was bored and getting very lazy. I guess it was only a matter of tie before she started playing up in class.
I dont think the catholic school had the know-how to teach my daughter and felt it was best to look for another school.

Melissa

Date: 24-January-2007 @ 5:11 pm
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Author: Melissa

Re: Teachers Take Note......


Thank-you for writing that. I had tears welling in my eyes as you just described my beautiful 6 year old child to a T.

Hopefully more teachers and schools will read this so we can get the help we need. I had NO idea there were so many parents out there who are in the same predicament as us.
Date: 6-March-2007 @ 4:51 pm
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Author: BeeP

Re: Teachers Take Note......


I am alos a mother of a gifted child currently in year 1 . I think that through experience teachers who have dealt with gifted children have some sort of understanding as to what our kids are all about . Lets face it, I had no idea before our family was blessed with our little treasure. I really had no understanding at all
Date: 13-June-2007 @ 5:10 pm
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Author: renaaz

Re: Teachers Take Note......

As a mother of a newly "diagnosed" gifted son, not yet 4 years old, I am horrified but unfortunately not overly surprised at the lack of support gifted children and their parents are given. My son has just been expelled for "behaviour issues" (frustration=lashing out)... we have just finished a series of assessments which have shown him to be functioning at a level at least 3 years above his age (we are yet to decide if we want his actual IQ tested because at this age is it such a tenuous thing).

As a teacher I am thoroughly embarrassed, dismayed, furious, frustrated (I could keep going...) by the number of people in my profession who expect (want) every child to fit into the same basket so it makes their lives easier.

I too hope that more teachers and schools read this thread - and hopefully take something of it away with them.
Date: 12-November-2008 @ 2:27 am
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Author: musicoholic

Re: Teachers Take Note......

oh wow, i have been looking for this forum for years. The first post has just described my 9 year old to a tee. We are having a few boredom issues at the moment and my sons teacher is fresh out of university and has no idea at all. I might just give him a copy of that to read.
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 9:44 pm
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Author: Tera

Re: Teachers Take Note......

There is a certain irony in the need for gifted children to have support. Ultimately, and being a teacher you will already be aware of this, ultimately, parents need to take care of their childs education, whether gifted or not. There is simply no substitute for a caring and committed parent. School may not be the best place for him to get whatever support he needs. You may find yourself frustrated for a long long time if you wait for any institution to take on a parental role. I hope you have some success with his behaviour and i sympathise with your frustration.
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 9:53 pm
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Author: davidtrounce

Re: Teachers Take Note......

Seven years horrendous years is too much. (one is too much). I think that if we pin our hopes on the current system we will all be very frustrated with the result.
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 10:06 pm
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Author: davidtrounce

Re: Teachers Take Note......

And the evidence that the school system is the place where hopes are pinned is the number of frustrated parents of gifted children.
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 10:10 pm
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Author: davidtrounce

Re: Teachers Take Note......

I am very surprised with your input to this thread since you seem to be saying that parents need to take the responsibilty of thier children's education. If you read this thread properly you would realise that the problem is that we are frustrated as hell that we can't get the education for our children that they need. There is only so much that you can do at home, but you can't fix a classroom environment which is what we are discussing. I'm sure that the parents of the child in the same school for 7 years have wanted nothing more than to change that environment but unfortunately there are often no better alternatives. We are not looking to put the child rearing on the teachers, we would simply like to see a better system of education in place which taps into all abilities. There are teachers out there who are just as frustrated as they have no support either. There is a recognised problem with the lack of support for gifted children, they are at the low end of the priority list. There are many people out there who think that by saying count your blessings that your child is bright and just shut up, can be a solution. Our kids need support they need to be nurtured & their abilities need to be allowed to function. Yes I do expect my child's school to enable this!!!!!
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 10:26 pm
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Author: JaneS

Re: Teachers Take Note......

I apologise if i seem abrupt. You nailed it for me when you said that you cant fix the classroom environment. That is where the problem lies, at least as i understand it. Teachers work very hard at training other peoples' children. Its what they were called to do - 30 at a time!! I admire their efforts, but I would not place my children in their care because of the serious drawbacks which you and others have mentioned. The school system, particularly the public school system is not capable of the massive task. We have adopted a lifestyle which allows our children to have the bulk of their educational needs met at home with us. This is not possible for many, but it is the ideal. My issue with the "7 horrendous years" is that it only proves the point. In seven years the school was not able to deliver. Placing our hope within the fall walls of a public school classroom will inevitably lead to frustration, because, as parents, we are forever on the outside of our child's daily social and academic life. You are right, i am saying that parents need to always take responsibility - by which i mean that they should be the first to put their hand up for the task of teaching their kids.
Date: 8-September-2009 @ 10:47 pm
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Author: davidtrounce

Re: Teachers Take Note......

Thank you for writing this, my son who is 6 & in prep is having an assement as we speak, one receptive language and the other IQ. I had tears as I read your post. I do not know at this point if he is indeed gifted yet many characteristics fit. I feel for all parents going through this (especially the children), it is not easy and supportive forums like these make us feel like we are not alone...so thank you :)
Date: 14-October-2009 @ 10:42 pm
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Author: motherto2

Re: Teachers Take Note......

What a lovely, honest post. I hope your son does well. Whatever the outcome, remember that academic tests and Intelligence Quotients (which are always changing) are never to be the measure of the man. Especially the young men. Regards, David.
Date: 14-October-2009 @ 11:12 pm
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Author: davidtrounce

Re: Teachers Take Note......

I would like to say something on a more positive note. My son is now in Year 10 and has had a very positive schooling experience. We live in a small rural town and he attends the local central school. I believe what is responsible for his smooth transition is the school being K-12. Maybe for once it is actually beneficial living west of the great divide!!! Middle school was a godsend for our son making acceleration seamless and keeping him challenged. That's not to say there haven't been issues along the way, but there has been no difficulty in resolving them. At present my son is about to sit his School Certificate, is studying preliminary Physics and is also enrolled in a BSc majoring in Pure Mathematics and Applied Physics as an external student (he completed HSC Mathematics Ext 1 and 2 last year). I cannot thank the school and teachers enough for what they have done and continue to do for my son. I hope for those of you facing difficulties you are able to find a school that will meet your needs.
Date: 1-November-2009 @ 2:58 pm
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Author: Bailey

Re: Teachers Take Note......

Teacher's have very little knowledge about giftedness because they are not taught about it at Uni! This is what we should be standing up for- educate the teacher's first, then the children have a chance!
Date: 31-May-2010 @ 10:31 pm
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Author: happiness

Re: Teachers Take Note......

Not all teachers!
I an trained in gifted and talented education.
Parents... ask what the school can do for your child.
tell us what your child is capable of doing!
help us to help you! some children never show their full potential/ giftedness at school for many reasons.
the majority of teachers are more than willing (even SO EXCITED...like me!!!!) when we have a gifted student in the class!
Date: 27-February-2013 @ 11:49 pm
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Author: little_one_1971

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