Do you ever worry they just aren't mature/socially skilled enough for the next grade?

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  1. Backroads

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    Watching a few of my students as the school year ticks down, I wonder.

    The vast, vast majority of my kids are on grade level or above, academically. Hooray. But I am ending this year worrying about the behavior of some of them in the 3rd grade, which at our school is something of a big step. I have a couple of kids who can't sit still, can't listen, can't get along with others, can't not throw things/roll on the floor/grab others.

    Yes, I'm sure next years' teachers will likely follow accommodations and try their own tricks of the trade, but golly, I'm worried about those whose behavior and social immaturity will start making them noticeably problematic.
     
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    I think in the end, most of them will grow out of it, as expectations rise and they see their classmates around them mature as well.

    (Then puberty will hit...and all sorts of new problems start... :p )
     
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    I have one who is VERY low-- 3rd grader at a TK-K level at best. In addition he's VERY immature...and he keeps getting placed in the next grade because he's such a big kid. He's probably 5' and not just a big boned kid... It's sad. I keep hoping his mentality will improve and "grow up" and that it would, in turn, help his progress academically, but he's made little to no progress-- and this is with 3 hours of SLP instruction.
     
  5. yellowdaisies

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    YES. All the time. I teach 5th. Next year is middle school. I am very concerned about a few of my kids this year being able to handle the transition.

    However, most of them usually rise to the occasion more than I expect. It's just hard to imagine that happening at this point in the year with 5th graders who have elementary school senioritis.
     
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