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Children learn best when they are surrounded by students with similar passions. If a kid is into robotics they can have a discussion with someone who also likes this. Your school may not have the resources to group kids in these ways. It will be up to you to be proactive. Try setting up book clubs or signing up for special interest after school activities with children who share in the same hobby. This strategy is especially beneficial for students in districts that do not employ the small group learning approach.  Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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If you do think that your child has not been placed in the right group, then set up a meeting with the teacher to express your concerns. There are a wide range of assessments that should be being used to gauge the learning levels. Have the teacher walk you through the analysis and this should clear up any confusion. If you still believe that your child has not been properly placed, then this gives you an opening to push for a change. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Even if your child’s school takes steps to mask the fact that learning groups are tied to achievement, kids usually know exactly where they stand. If your child does ask about their level, respond something similar to these lines:

“Your group works at a speed that your teacher thinks will work well for you.” Regardless of what group they are assigned to, look for the signs of progress and be sure to offer praise when you see it. Unless it is recommended by your child’s teacher, hold off on the tutoring. Pushing a student to do advanced math before they are developmentally ready can end up backfiring on you. Young children need to master skills at their own pace and often come into their own academically in middle school. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Talk to your child’s teacher about how the classroom is set up. Does the school support kids of all different abilities and what steps do they use to determine them? If the groups are set for an entire year it could be a red flag that the program does not allow children to grow.

Embrace a Strengths and Challenges Outlook

Your child will likely excel at some skills and labor with other ones. Often a child learns the most in a class where they struggle and not where they naturally excel. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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There are some administrators that are concerned about the extremely competitive parenting culture these days. Trying to get your child into an accelerated learning group has become its own kind of race. This could cause negative consequences for students. Not every child can be in the top 10 percent all the time. Rather than lobbying to have your kid placed into the top level, concerned parents will be better off finding a group that is just right for them. The decision to use flexible learning groups for reading and math usually happens at the district level. However, the teaching methods can vary from school to school and sometimes even class to class. It is all depending on the teacher’s willingness to implement these groups. They can have a significant impact on a child’s education in grade school and beyond. To make sure that your kid’s educational needs are being met, we will give you a checklist to follow in our next posts. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Gifted

With students being taught by ability some will excel past the top groups expectations. This is why a growing number of educators want the schools to view gifted kids as special needs kids. If a child is in a wheel chair then we build them a ramp. Likewise, we can not put gifted students in a one size fits all learning situation. Teachers believe that separate class rooms for the gifted students is the solution. Being ahead of the other kids can be isolating. It is difficult for smaller schools to support gifted programs. However, if your child fits into this category and their needs are not being met, set up a meeting with the principal to see what options you might have. If there is not a test in program then ask about enrichment opportunities for an academic challenge. Some colleges offer accelerated math classes for grade schoolers. See more on ways of sorting students.

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Most parents have seen an immediate payoff when their child is placed in a slower placed group. The structure and extra support give them a chance to develop their skills. You will also find that they will progress from group to group with more regularity. The challenge is that rearranging a lesson plan for multiple levels requires extra work on the part of the teachers. Most teachers state that all of their prep time is used up planning for these groups. It even take extra time on the weekends to get these groups ready, but the teachers feel that the time is well worth it. The teachers also feel like it has made them a more effective teacher and brings back their motivation. Not everyone is excited about this idea though. Not to mention that grouping students can put extra stress on parents. The parents worry about what the child’s level may suggest about their academic future. The fear is that teachers will reduce their expectations for what a child can achieve. If parents remain patient, most will find that their child will advance to the top groups in a matter of time. The biggest objection has been that the weaker students will not have a chance to learn from the stronger ones. There is also the worry of lowering a child’s self-esteem. When you pull out a kid who may be struggling you risk them losing their spark.

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