We had conferences last night, and I felt like I spent one entire conference just defending myself. This mom basically told me that her child is bored, the books he is reading are too easy, and that I need to do more. I found this incredibly frustrating because I put so much time and effort into differentiating to meet the needs of all of my students. Most of what I do in class leaves a lot of room and opportunity for children to take things to the next level if they are ready. I am constantly giving them options and challenging them with higher-level thinking questions. This boy is very wiggly and moves a lot during group time on the carpet. However, he isn't distruptive and doesn't have any behavior problems, which I told his mom. She thinks he is moving a lot because he is bored. I wish parents would realize that boredom is a choice in many cases. During our journal routine, for example, they can write as much as they would like. Some children are writing one sentence, while others are writing 4 pages. This boy writes one sentence and says he is done. Then, of course, he is "bored" the rest of the time. When I chellenge him to expand on his writing (I even give him examples of what else he could write), he tells me he doesn't want to and that he is done. During assessments last month he was at a guided reading level D. He is placed in a group with a child who is an F, and another who is a G (these are the 3 that don't fit into any other group). They are reading E and F level books during guided reading. The mom complained that these books are too easy, and that he is reading much more difficult books at home. I explained to her that these books are, in fact, ABOVE his instruction level, which I explained to be about 95% accuracy. I also explained that he is reading the books 3 times in our group before brining them home, so they should be easy for him at that point. She wasn't satisfied with that answer, and went on again about how he isn't being challenged. I honestly don't know what more I can do for this child. He is not, by any means, the "genious" of the class. He is a very bright boy, but there are other children in the class who are higher than him, and they don't seem bored at all. They have that self-motivation to take things to the next level when I challenge them. Maybe I felt the need to defend myself too much, but I don't know. Any advice?