I have a dilemma that relates to my last post. I have a student in my reading groups who is a gifted underachiever. He does have some learning difficulties and has struggled with sleep apnea so has missed a lot of learning through his exhaustion at school. I have finally managed to help him develop some good work ethics in the classroom and after reviewing his testing scores, and made the decision that he should move up a reading group i.e. out of my support group into the core classroom for reading – something I see as a fantastic victory and a move in the right direction.
The kid has told his mother that he does not want to move as he likes the way I run my group because he gets to work at his own pace and he finds that is what really helps him. In the core classroom, the whole class reads and responds to one novel. My thoughts were that it would be really good for his confidence to move him up a group and it would be a “reward” for the hard work he is finally putting in after four years of schooling.
What do I do? Move him or keep him? Graduate him or give him more? Send him out there as an independent learner or keep him in an intense environment? Keep it safe or risk it? Keep him where he is happy and feels it works for him or move him to where he should be?