Age 8 or Third Grade
I am at a total loss when it comes to Third Grade. I can remember almost nothing about this year!! I remember I was in a team-taught classroom with Mrs. Sampson from Second Grade & a new teacher, Mrs. Robertson. I remember Mrs. Robertson had me say the ABC's backwards one day & I did it! I remember feeling a major surge of accomplishment. But literally, that is everything I remember about Third Grade!
I have thought & thought about this for the last week & I have nothing. So I decided to tell you a little about the Quest program I was in, although it may or may not have happened in Third Grade. I was in the Gifted & Talented group of students at my school. I was always ahead in things at school & so my mom had me test for this & I was placed in the program. Once a week I would go to another elementary school in our county & would spend the day with a group of about 15 students doing more accelerated activities. I remember doing things like logic puzzles or accelerated vocabulary. The word I remember in particular was loquacious. I always loved that word because it was a much cooler way to describe myself. I've always been a talker, but after the Quest program, I could say I was loquacious. So glamorous!
Ever since being in this program, I've always felt a desire to work with the gifted & talented students. I also have a special place in my heart & my lesson planning for the students who are struggling to keep up, but I was the student who was ahead & bored in the classroom. I think a lot of times students who are gifted are assumed to be other things like ADD or uninterested when really they are just beyond whatever level their activities are & therefore are bored. I think students need to be met where they are at - high or low. Lower students need some special attention to get them where they need to be & higher students need to be given activities that keep them engaged & interested & challenged. I remember being challenged in the Quest program & I remember loving every second of it!
My previous Mommy's Piggy Tales posts