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6yr old boy anxious and hiding his intellect

Hi everyone, I am new here, this is my first post. I am not sure if my child is 'gifted' or what is happening for him exactly. He started school this year and has recently confided in me that he is hiding how smart he is from his teacher. His motivation to do this is to avoid being put in a higher grade, he said the teachers have mentioned this to him a few times. And he also said he was hiding how smart he is from his peers... because he doesn't want them to get upset and jealous when he picks things up quicker. He told me that he lets them think he is smart, but not really really really smart (his words). He is having a few problems socially at school, with being a bit too bossy and controlling when he is organising the games to be played at lunch and recess, but apart from that he seems able to make friends but he does feel isolated from them. He has always been very active... moves around alot... a hard kid to have, very intense but so earnest, sweet, and endearing. Recently he told me that he was worried about death, we had a little conversation about it and he said that sometimes he wished he'd never had a life so he didn't have to worry about losing one... that broke my heart... poor little fella... so anxious... and thinks so much all the time... has a blood type phobia as well. His school has said they were giving him yr 1 maths work etc since starting but I haven't seen any evidence of it... they say he is bright but performing to his capabilities, which, according to what he is telling me in private, is exactly what he wants them to think. I am worried about his education long term.. he is very bored in class and I am worried about him phasing out and losing interest... Any thoughts from anyone who has been through/going through this? Any help would be appreciated!!
Date: 13-July-2011 @ 8:50 pm
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Author: RJones

Re: 6yr old boy anxious and hiding his intellect

Gifted kids come in all flavors, and I think it's not unusual for one to want to fly "under the radar". It sounds like he needs more advanced work, but of course first you've got to prove that to the school, which means HE'S got to want it. Can you explain to him that he might be a lot happier with more advanced work and/or kids? If he's not that attached to his current circle of acquaintances, that might actually help.
Date: 20-July-2011 @ 10:10 am
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Author: Iucounu

Re: 6yr old boy anxious and hiding his intellect

Thanks for the response, I do think he would be happier with more advanced work. I am lucky that a math's assessor came through his kindy class and noticed him and spent a little extra time questioning him, despite the fact that he didn't put his hand up much when he was in the group (was probably mumbling the answers under his breath lol), and got all the questions right, which was up to year 2 level apparently... I am very impressed that his teacher called me to discuss putting him in a year 2 class once a week to work at maths with them. Hopefully this is the beginning of some new strategies to help him stay interested.
Date: 1-August-2011 @ 7:36 pm
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Author: RJones

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