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Old 11-06-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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I will preface this entire long vent/plea for help with the following statement: I would not have admitted this child if I had done his entrance testing.

I teach a small primer classroom with kinder and first in one room. I took over a month ago. Class stats are 4 in K/2 in first. This concerns one of the first graders.

Child is 8 yrs 2.5 months. If he was in public school he would have an IEP or 504 for OHI or global academic delays in my opinion. He has some severe medical issues that we’re not disclosed on his application. (Chiari malformation 2, epilepsy, history of brain surgeries, and more.)

He can barely blend 3 sounds into words. Today he sounded out “sob” then claimed it was the word “golf.” Working memory seems to be nil. He can’t work independently unless I’m hovering over him and giving him 100% of my attention.

He does not even have one-to-one correspondence for the numbers 1-10 yet.

Today there were tears over practicing reading. There have been tears most days - tears and screaming. One on one reading daily is a nightmare and I’m loosing my cool with the constant excuses when I ask him to write something. (“I couldn’t do this page because we don’t have internet at home,” in reference to him not doing a handwriting page when given almost an hour.)

I looked over his entrance testing and his previous school records today with a coworker. He has gone through kindergarten twice already. On his EOY standardized testing (SAT10) he registered as a composite score of 12th percentile the second time. The first time was a 13th percentile. I looked at his first grade readiness test and I believe he failed. He was marked as a 100% on the first part - minimum score to pass part A - and 90.5% on the second part. The minimum score for part B is 80%. I went through and found that it was not scored correctly and he made an 81% on that portion. On my second look through the test I realized that he couldn’t have possibly made a 100% on part A because he couldn’t do many of the skills on it - having a ten minute attention span being the big one.

I don’t know how to meet his needs. It is what it is. I don’t have the option to move him back down - and it would be a negative thing for him to do kindergarten for the third time.

The other first grader is ready to run but I feel I’m having to hold him back to try to meet the other boys needs.

Any ideas to help this tired and frustrated teacher? How can I do this thing so that he isn’t freaking out and I’m not pulling my hair out. I have yet to find his currency. I don’t know what will make him tic enough to actually attempt to learn. He doesn’t think reading is worth learning so I’m just spinning my wheels until I have some buy in from him.



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I work with little first graders. Perhaps you could encourage him to be tested for ADHD? It sounds like that could be the culprit although another likely explanation is a active or kinaesthic learning style. Within any classroom you can find a bunch of learning styles.
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I donít think itís as simple as ADHD given his medical history. I would suggest mom take him to the dr for a complete physical. Iím guessing the brain surgeries have led to some processing delays.


I think youíre going to have to do some serious differentiation for him. Donít hold the other firstie back for this kid. The nice thing about having a mixed group is that you can do guided reading groups based on ability rather than age so put your first grader in with your lower second graders (or on his own) and put this kid with kinders. I think youíre also going to have to chunk into smaller parts, he canít handle things in the amount youíre giving him. Maybe write 1 sentence at a time.

I cut a file folder into sections and have them pull the sections back to work.

I also wouldnít be surprised to find out he has memeory issues. Iíd also have mom come in and explain the situation to her. Ask her what she thinks and benreal honest about how far behind he is.
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