Dilemma

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.

Except…

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?

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6 Responses to Dilemma

  1. natalie rabson says:

    He has had four years of struggling. Keep where he feels safe for now, and set a target together that he knows when he achieves that target he will be moving up. He needs time to see it as a “promotion” and to feel proud. At the end of the day he is reading at his own pace, so there is no rush to move him out the class. Rather give the extra time to build some more confidence.

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  2. GERALD says:

    AN UNEDUCATED OPINION – MY GUT FEEL IS TO GENTLY EASE HIM UPWARDS AND OUT TO THE WIDE WORLD – ONE CAN’T PROTECT HIM FOREVER – YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM THE BASIS AND NOW HE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO FLY, HOPEFULLY WITH SOMEONE AS SENSITIVE TO HIS NEEDS AND DIFFICULTIES AS YOU HAVE BEEN.

  3. Lub says:

    Is it not possible to let him come to you once or twice a week? He needs to get into the big wide world, but he also needs to have his confidence boosted, until he gets a foothold.

  4. Leila says:

    I am wondering the same thing as Lub. Is it possible for him to come to you once or twice/week & still move up? If not, then I would say not to move him up. Let him stay in your classroom, but talk to him & let him know that you want him to move out because you care about his success, not because you want to get rid of him. Next, create a chart ( I know, when do you have time?) that shows his progress & a target towards that progress, so that he can see how close he is to that goal. Hopefully, he won’t start messing up when he gets close to the target.
    It is very good that he’s comfortable in your class, but he needs to be pushed out of his comfort zone.
    Will you have him next school year? If so, let him know from the beginning of the year
    (if you don’t exit him out now) that it’s time for him to come out of his comfort zone & fly.

  5. Linx says:

    What a compliment to YOU – that he feels safe and confident in YOUR group – I would too …

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