4ofus Posted July 9, 2012 Share Posted July 9, 2012 This might not be what you're thinking~ Here's the deal~ I have a 9 yr old "perfect" student. He was PS'd for K, 1, & 2, HS for 3 & he's coming up on grade 4. He is smart, he listens, he reads, he applies. All in a very shallow, recipe-following type manner. He tests well, he communicates well, etc, etc, everything is there. BUT. I'm his mom & I see what I'm working with. He NEEDS a recipe. He NEEDS very very direct instruction on very very specific things. So he doesn't actually have to use his brain, y'know what I mean? I'm not sure I'm articulating this correctly & I'm not sure how to bring the best out in him. The part that actually questions the recipe, or experiments to come up with his own recipe. Or isn't paralyzed with inaction if there is no or tiny step-by-step instruction. Does this make sense? If he was still in PS he'd be floating along without difficulty, but I want more. I want him to learn. Not just nod & parrot back, but also to be able to figure things out. Any suggestions? As I was writing this out it came to me that this might be a stage-of-development thing. I don't know. My 8-yr-old is different. He'd rather discard the steps & try his own way, only returning to the steps if he can't see the way for himself. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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