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Math and Reading for a Gifted Fifth Grade Student

Blake is a fifth-grade student who has been identified as gifted in the areas of reading and math. Test scores indicate that he is three grade levels ahead of his peers in both reading and math. Socially, he enjoys his peers, and he is very popular among his classmates. His teachers have approached Blake's parents about changing his placement in terms of receiving instruction because they cannot "keep his attention" and have noted that Blake's behavior is becoming "increasingly challenging" because they feel his unique needs are not being met. Name and describe two educational options available to Blake and his family in order to provide a more challenging and appropriate curriculum to meet Blake's needs.

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It's not an matter of approaching the parents for Blake to be challenged but rather an obligation, by law, in most cases, to meet with a team of school staff AND the parents to begin with an IEP. The classroom teacher needs to have accommodations included in her lesson plans, not only for low level special education students but also for gifted students. Some schools/districts have gifted programs and ...

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