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All 3 of my kids are in gifted. The oldest started in Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. I've always been "whatever" about her teacher. I knew she wasn't the warm-fuzzy kind which I'm fine with. In our county kids K-5th go to gifted for one day a week, in our case it's different from their regular school.
This report she has to do is going to do me in. Anne came home with information printed out from Wikipedia. The child is smart, but not smart enough to figure out that information past the first page. I know our county (every school in it) has access to online encyclopedia for children. Why are they not using that as a starting point? Anne told me she did a Google search and she printed the first thing that came up. Her teacher didn't give them any criteria as to what makes a good reference or what type of sites they should use.
I don't mind helping but I'd like my child to get off to good solid start in class. Her last paper, 1st grade, started like this also. That wasn't as big a deal because it was "wolves" and I already owned NF books for children on that topic. The topic now is Elias Howe and the sewing machine. I'm going to see if her regular school's media specialist can help get her started with information she'll be able to understand.
Anyone else get annoyed with the gifted reports or projects?
Mom to 4 girls - one age 9 (January 2005), 7 year old twins (January 2007) and new baby girl born July 2, 2014
Yes. All. the. Time. My son is currently in 5th grade in a pull out (two days a week for one hour) program that he doesn't really get anything out of. I don't really care about it anymore. I don't pay that much attention to TAG or the program because it doesn't really help my son. We do so much more at home outside of school, that I don't pay attention to what he does in TAG.
Geez - can you tell that I don't really think the TAG program at the school does anything for him???