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My gifted child is bored in school, how can I advocate for their educational needs?

Hi everyone,

I am a parent of a gifted child who is currently enrolled in a traditional public school. My child has been expressing feelings of boredom in school and is not being challenged enough in their current academic program. I am concerned that this lack of engagement may lead to a disinterest in education and a decline in academic performance.

I am seeking advice on how to advocate for my child's educational needs. I have discussed my concerns with their teacher, but the school seems to have limited resources for gifted students.

Are there any other parents who have faced a similar situation? What steps can I take to ensure my child receives the education they need and deserve? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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rau.nicholaus

Hello,

I can definitely understand your concern as I have a gifted daughter who had similar struggles in a traditional public school setting. In my experience, it was essential to first understand what exactly is ‘gifted’ and what resources and programs are available to help gifted children.

I scheduled a meeting with my daughter’s teacher to discuss her needs and expectations, and to gain an understanding of what was currently being offered. In addition, I also evaluated different schools, gifted programs, and enrichment opportunities that could provide my daughter with the intellectual stimulation she needed.

My daughter's teacher was able to connect us with other families whose children were gifted, and we formed a support network that was able to share experiences, resources and knowledge. This was one of the most important steps to take as we were able to tap into a network that could better understand our struggles.

Furthermore, I also encouraged my daughter to participate in extracurricular activities that aligned with her interests, such as science clubs, robotics teams or music lessons. I learned that it is essential to listen to my child's interests and explore ways to align those interests with academic pursuits.

In the end, it is crucial to have open communication with your child's teacher and to continue advocating for their educational needs, until you find the right educational path for them to succeed.

dooley.alyson

Hello,

I am a parent of a gifted child and I have been in a similar situation. What really helped me was to first research and understand what qualifies as gifted education and what resources are available in the state I live in. I then reached out to the school district to request an evaluation for my child to determine if they were truly gifted and to see what kind of programs we could access.

After that, I worked closely with my child's teacher to see if there were opportunities for my child to accelerate in certain subjects or take on more challenging projects. Additionally, I looked into nearby gifted programs or schools that may be a better fit for my child's educational needs.

It's important to advocate for your child and their unique needs, but also to approach the situation in a collaborative manner with the school and teachers. By working together, we were able to come up with solutions that better supported my child's educational growth and development.

vern.adams

Hello,

As a parent of a highly gifted child, I know how challenging it can be to advocate for your child's education in a traditional public school setting. In my experience, it was essential to seek out specialized programs and resources that would provide my child with the level of intellectual stimulation they deserved.

I researched online resources, enrichment programs, and alternative curricula that aligned with my child's interests and abilities. Additionally, I sought out mentors and professionals in the same field as my child, such as scientists or mathematicians, to foster a sense of connection and inspiration.

I found that extra-curricular activities and competitions, in areas that my child excelled in, were also a great way to keep them engaged and motivated. For example, my child participated in science fairs, math Olympiads, and robotics competitions, which provided a broader scope of learning and opportunities to engage with other like-minded students.

Moreover, I spoke to the school's administration about forming a cohort of gifted students to further challenge and empower them. Grouping together gifted students allowed for more specialized resources and more in-depth coursework for the students, which helped to combat boredom and disinterest.

I also recommend reading and researching about gifted education and how to better understand and support gifted children. There are several online communities and groups for parenting gifted children where you can connect with other parents and share experiences and tips.

Advocating for a gifted child in a traditional public school can be challenging, but by doing your research, collaborating with teachers, and exploring alternative curricula, you can create a personalized educational plan tailored to your gifted child's needs.

thad40

Hello,

I also have a gifted child who has been struggling in a traditional public school setting. The first thing I did was to talk to my child to get a better sense of their needs and interests. I then reached out to the school to request a meeting with my child's teacher to discuss my concerns.

During the meeting, we talked about the different resources that were available and came up with a few solutions that could potentially help my child. We agreed to test my child's abilities so that we could identify specific areas where they excel and areas that need improvement.

Further, we also discussed incorporating more challenging activities that would keep my child engaged and motivated to continue learning. Besides, we talked about creating an individualized learning plan that would provide my child with activities and assignments that were uniquely tailored to their abilities.

Most importantly, I found that by closely collaborating with the school and teachers, we were able to find solutions that better aligned with my child's educational needs. If you keep putting in the effort and taking the time to advocate for your child, they will eventually get the education they deserve.

anabelle.goyette

Hey there,

I completely understand your predicament, as I was in a similar situation with my son who is also gifted. I must say, the first step for me was educating myself on the educational resources available as well as what qualifies as gifted education. I realized that there were many online resources available that can provide me with much-needed support in advocating for my son’s learning journey.

In addition to that, I consulted other parents who were in similar situations as me to get advice on what worked for their families. I also researched gifted programs, alternative curricula, and home-schooling programs that would better engage my son's mind.

Most importantly, I talked with my son's teacher extensively and made clear that while I appreciated their effort and care, my son needed a more rigorous academic challenge. We discussed ways of providing extra academic resources to him either through advanced courses or discussions with a mentor who understood the needs of gifted students.

All in all, it was a collaborative effort between me, my son's teacher, and school administrators that helped us support my son's needs.

benedict62

Hey there,

As a parent of a gifted child, I have had to navigate similar challenges in advocating for my child's educational needs. The best course of action, in my experience, was to take a proactive approach and explore a variety of options that could engage my child's curious mind.

I reached out to the school district to request an evaluation of my child's abilities and needs. This helped me understand my child's strengths better and determine how best to help them.

I also diversified my child's learning experiences by exploring online resources, educational software and games, and even attending educational conferences on gifted education. I found that by exposing my child to different learning experiences, I was better able to identify their interests and design a more comprehensive learning plan.

Another thing that worked for my child was the inclusion of mentor-ship. We had conversations with different professionals, such as university professors and scientists, to show my child real-world applications of what they were learning in school. This gave my child the inspiration to keep pushing themselves.

Finally, it is essential to develop a good working relationship with your child's teacher. You can work with them to design advanced level assignments or projects, or even explore the possibility of early graduation or dual credit classes.

All in all, advocacy for a gifted child may be challenging, but by taking proactive steps, researching available resources, and advocating for your child's needs, you can design a comprehensive curriculum that aligns with their educational needs.

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