My son is just finishing kindergarten and I got his report yesterday. I was quite surprised to see that although his reading level is Silver 23 (average was stated as being '9') and he 'consistently' produced neat and accurate work and finished tasks, the comments concentrated on his 'not listening attentively' and 'not managing his impulsiveness' among other things. He is a normal 6 year old boy who is high spirited, and I heard from another mum that he and his friends had been kept in at lunchtime for playing roughly but his teacher never mentioned any of this to me so it can't have been all that bad.
His reading is good and his writing is exceptionally neat for his age and shows other signs of being very bright (I don't think he is gifted), yet not once during the year or in his report has anyone remarked on this to me. Is it just me or is that a little strange? Or is reading at that level at his age quite common? It has occurred to me that he may find his classwork a little slow and that is why he is not paying attention (I remember this being the case when I was in primary school). I'm not sure what to make of this, maybe someone who has more experience can give me some feedback? I don't mind if teachers are pointing out where he can improve, but I would like some praise given where it is due, not just focusing on the negative.
I do intend on bringing this up with his new teacher next year.