"So many of these comments below refer to the child being "bored". As a
Gifted & Talented Teacher (and a Regular Education Teacher) I see boredom
as an excuse. Only a boring mind becomes bored. A truly gifted child
will use his/her mind to compile data & ask questions (on topics being
taught or otherwise!), create problems to solve (whether they can be
solved or not!), and engage themselves intellectually. "Bored" is an
excuse for improper metal stimulation. As young children, we need to them
how to use their minds to recognize patterns, find inconsistencies, make
predictions, and create strategies for problem solving. All of these
skills can be applied to academics as well as life skills (like what to
have for snack? or what to do when I'm out of clean laundry? or how do I
get to San Jose?) Without these foundational skills, success is near
Bright children may be able to grasp concepts quickly, but gifted children
connect those concepts to other ares and apply them. Bright children have
all the right answers, but gifted kids have all the right questions.
This child may be bored, but the only person responsible for that is the
child him/herself. Help your child become the master of his/her own
learning. Have them identify what are his/her roadblocks- Am I easily
distracted? Do I distracted myself/have difficulty setting my mind to one
task? Can I see the reason behind why I am learning this in school? Am I
able to make connections to my life and the "real world"? What do I need
to be the best learner I can be?
Just some suggestions. Take them or not. Hope I was of some sort of
"Just let him be.
" To me it sounds like he may be bored in class. My daughter tends to be
disruptive if the work gets to easy for her. You should discuss this with
the teacher to pin point exactly when he starts to be disruptive. Is it
before or after he finishes? Does he totally disrespect authority or does
he just seem to be bored with the class work? If he is listening to what
is needed to complete his work I doubt he has a major behavioral problem."
"For those of you who have children who are ahead of the class, move
quickly, and then get bored, have you ever considered Montessori School?
Its an educational method that among other things, prides itself in
letting each child advance it his or he own pace. Usually they have
materials and lessons well beyond the 'normal' level for a child of that
age, so that if a student can and wishes to move on to more challenging
material, he is not only able to, but warmly encouraged to do so.
As for behavior, it also emphasizes personal responsibility, which seems
to help encourage 'good', productive and respectful behavior. Each child
is responsible for finishing several clearly stated tasks and studies each
day, (but each different child in the class may be working on different
tasks at any given time) and learns time management because if the studies
are not completed in a timely manner, they may not move on to fun or other
As adults we are often given several tasks that need to be completed
without someone sitting down and telling us what to do, and when. So why
not encourage children to learn how to be personally responsible for
completing tasks in a given time, somewhat independently ( they are still
children and need encouragement) at a young age?
Just some food for thought..
"I am having the same issue. My child loves to play, he love to talk. He
make A's but he could have 100 instead of 90's or 92's.He is taller than
most 7 year old. He looks as if he could be 10 or 11. I don't know if
people expect more out of him because he is so tall or if this is the way
a 7 year old is suppose to behave."
"It's an informative article, but I wish it explains more.
Regardlesss of what the teacher says or thinks.
Is there anyway, or steps, that can help me to evaluate my child by
myself, before exposing my child to a school psychologist.
Because what the teacher says about my child does not make sense to me. I
know my child better. Thank you for your help."
"what if your child has Asperger's syndrome. Is it possible for him to
thrive in a public school system?"
"I am withdrawing my son to his school. He is attending private school now. He has this disruptive behavior and not listing to the teacher.He is a gifted child. Should i move him to public school. Also, he is like this since he was kindergarten. I already took him to phychologist. He was saying that he is very smart and no problem at all.He said that he is talking like adult. But not in school though. Please advice. Thank you for your time for my email."
"I too have a son in 2nd grade with an IEP who has been diagnosed with learning disabilities in Reading and wrighting also has Add and is currently not on meds but rather doing with Dr assistance Nurofeedback. I saw very positive results. This is not covered by insurance so it can be costly treatment. I had to stop for a moment and my sons behaviors quickly reverted back. My problem is the second grade teacher has not complied consistanly with his Iep utilizing a timer to show him he can get through it and a sticker chart; her statement to me was he would have to get off that and I advised her now was not the time seeing as this too was Dr. Recommended. I feel lost I don't know if I need a new teacher or keep persisting."
"to the one who wrote on 11/29/2006, it sounds like your son has a high IQ and gets easily bored. That is not his fault. He just needs more stimulation. Maybe a harder class or one that moves at a faster pace so that he is challenged. He is just trying to fill up his time that he doesn't want to waste on things he already knows. If they keep telling you that his behavior is bad then they have a problem, they are going to make him hate school. A good teacher will know how to challenge a smart child."
"i have been struggling with a similiar situation. my son is in 2nd grade and is extremely smart. however whenever i speak to his teacher the report is always discouraging. im the beginning of the year it was his behavior. when i got his report card i see A's B's 90's and 100's on tests. i dont understand it. his teacher says that he is always eager to learn new things but once he's got it under his belt he no longer participates. i mean he will literally sit in class and not do an assignment, just because he doesnt want to. i've talked with him, his dad talks with him. i've taken away all of his games and tv privilages i told him he has until the next progress report to turn it around. just this morning we talked about it and he understood. this afternoon when i picked him up his teacher gave me yet another bad report. i've come to the conclusiuon that he's simply being out right lazy and just doesnt care. i've been thinking about changing his school or putting i!
n a special ed class so he can recieve one on one attention. at this point i just dont know. when i talk to his teacher all i can do is say ok and i'll talk to him and really i dont know what els to do. "
"This hit home with our family. My son has been 'chatty' since kindergarten. Teachers typically think it is fine until the charm of a precocious child wears off. Then there is an emphasis on changing behavior that is already established and in some ways has been tacitly reinforced. Fortunately I have found that as he matures he is more in control of his chatting. Boredom is a HUGE isse - he will try to move a lesson ahead or in a novel direction because he is BORED. Another trigger is fatigue - his internal dialogue is much more apt to be vocalized when he is tired.
Social maturity is not linear. It is great that your son is excelling in his academics, I hope the teacher is noticing that as well as the 'problem'."
"Great Article! Thanks very much. I was at my wits end for the same problem and adopted a behavior intervention plan with my First Grader whose Academic Grades average a 92% but his Conduct Grade is 40%. While he learns almost everything instantly, he is also very disruptive in the classroom and choses when he will or will not follow instructions at school. This applies to academic as well as non-academic tasks. I am using a journal to keep track of his progress."
"I learned a lot by reading this article. I also have a second grader who has been acting out lately. Im going to try to use the behavior intervention plan, three to five target for home bahavior problems and i'm sure things will change, at school and at home. "
"I love the thought of positive reinforcement. As a mother of two busy boys, I feel I am always correcting them and any reminders of how to possitively encourage good behavior is great!