My 9 year old was identified as gifted when he took the Terra Nova test last school year. He scored in the 99th percentile. I have known since he was in pre-school that he was gifted so it was nice to finally have it on paper.
I had a conference with his teacher the other day and she expressed some concern over his grades and his behavior. He has all A's and B's and made the Honor Roll. Well, according to her he isn't working up to his ability and she would like to see some improvement. I understand what she is saying (as he has always been a straight A student until this year). She said that he is very "hyper" (and he is VERY hyper) and talks a lot to the other kids in the class. He has literally gone from being painfully shy to talking non-stop. He "hates" school and really doesn't enjoy reading whatsoever. The school has done away with the gifted program in the Elementary school but they do offer it in the Middle and High schools so I had a really bad feeling about this year. The letter I received from the Board Of Education (when he was identified) suggested that he take part in the gifted program. He always tells me that he's "bored" at school. I don't think it's because he isn't being challenged but I don't know. His teacher has offered to give him some more challenging work, but I'm not really sure that would be best for him since it's the work he dislikes.
I guess what I'm wondering is if anyone else has had experience with this type of child and what did you do to keep them motivated toward school? I almost feel like the gifted label is more of a curse than a blessing sometimes. There is so much more expected out of him and when he can't live up to what's expected he is "underachieving".
Edited by preslee1031 - 11/12/11 at 9:52pm