In these threads, I explored what to do about my DD's need for acceleration/accommodation in school. After investigating her options we chose to move her to a different school district (with good and flexible gifted services), to a STEM MS. We have been very pleased with the change, but as I thought at the time of our choosing this school, having a heterogeneous science class would be a problem. So at the first teacher conference, we discussed with her science teacher about DD's need for some accommodation, as she knew most of the curriculum for 7th grade science. The teacher proceed to say that she has never worked with gifted students (dubious statement, as this school has a 40% gifted population - how does the phrase go....you could swing a dead cat and hit one??????), and she was not trained to do so. So we agreed that she would consult the gifted liaison to work out how to accommodate my DD. Not to get into the full knock-down-dragged-out story - but fast forward to about 2 months after the initial meeting with the science teacher, when she (finally) sends out an email outlining her accommodations (for all gifted students, and those who scored high enough on the unit pretest) - a choice board. No changes to the boring lecturing/fill-in-the-blank notes all the students had to take during the lectures in a semi-dark room.
So I knew we needed to do something different, but as I've always been very laidback about "pushing" for accommodations, I continued to wait to see if things would change for DD. Her teacher then was sick for weeks and weeks, and the boiling point hit when a substitute had the kids spend day after day looking at the science textbook, finding the definitions for various applicable words for the unit they were working on. So at the second teacher conferences, with the science teacher still out sick, we talked to the principal about what to do with DD, as she was losing her love for science (and this girl LIVES for all things science!). She immediately suggested moving DD to 8th grade science (and then having her repeat 8th grade science the following year to get the information she missed the first 1/2+ of the year). Loved the idea of immediately moving to 8th grade science, not so fond of her repeating it. After some waiting, DD was moved to 8th grade science, and she fit in nicely. Her new science teacher had her first work on some of the beginning section of Study Island (computerized statewide testing prep); DD scored well, even in subject areas that she hadn't formally been taught.
So as a planner, I knew I need to talk with DD's school counselor about next year's science class option. For me, repeating 8th grade science isn't my first choice. At the end of the meeting with the counselor, we had come up with a plan - 1st choice to go to nearby in district HS for Conceptual Physics (assuming they had space for her), and the 2nd choice to take Environmental Science class online at MS. A couple weeks go by and I get a call from the counselor. Apparently she had discussed this plan with the 8th grade science teacher, who expressed concerns that my DD had missed quite a lot of the curriculum (especially the Physics unit), and that given the changes that were planned for how the curriculum was going to be presented next year, she thought it would be better to have her repeat it.
Now that I've given some background information, here's the situation: we have a meeting with the 8th grade science teacher on Thursday, to discuss her concerns (as well as to discuss DD's progress in her class so far). I'm looking for others' BTDT experience with acceleration of science classes. I'm also looking for advice on how you would handle the meeting: prep on my part before, what to ask, what to expect, how to resolve continued difference of opinion, etc. I'm still leaning towards DD taking a HS class (preferably Physics), but I am going into the meeting with an open mind.
As a sidenote, I had already planned on investigating MS Science homeschooling curriculum to work with DD this summer to fill in the gaps of what she missed in 8th grade science.
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Edited by oaksie68 - 5/26/13 at 9:11pm