Helping A Struggling Student by Zaire Mathews (Parent Involvement (Also…
Helping A Struggling Student
by Zaire Mathews
Establish good rapport with students' parents in the beginning of the school year
Use "Parent-Teacher Communication Folder" This folder is sent home every Friday (or as needed) with students' work from that week. This way parents know exactly what their student is doing in class
If students needs referring to special education services, involve parent every step of the way so that they are comfortable and are trusting through the process
If student is exhibiting behavior issues the teacher and parents may work together to begin a reward program. For example, in my class a student of mine has a behavior chart. He must get a star for at least 6 out of the 13 categories, and if he does he will get a prize from home at the end of the week. This keeps the parent involved , and gives the student something to look forward to.
Also giving parents resources on how to help their student while at home is an awesome way for them to help their student who may be struggling . Sometimes the student gets home and the mother doesn't know how to help either. When working in 2nd grade I would send videos and resources home so parents could help students complete their homework. (videos like this helped parents a lot last year, and I would just send it to each parent at once.
Teachers' Techniques with Instructions
In order to help a student who is struggling teachers may begin doing differentiated instruction. This is when teachers change the way they teach content in attempts to make each student understand the content. A lot of times the students are able to understand content but not in the way it is being taught.
Teachers may also begin scaffolding. Scaffolding is evaluating students' strengths and weakness and building lessons plans based on it. Lessons are usually broken down into chunks. The end goal is to help students work independently on content.
It is critical that teachers hold students to high expectations regardless of what the students know and how they are learning. Their goals may not be the exact same as their classmates but it is important that students are encouraged and motivated to try and do their absolute best on the work provided for them. (Even if students are behind their classmates they shouldn't know it, or shouldn't feel it) because the teacher expects the same effort from each student.
Teachers also use mutli-sensory instruction to help their students. When students use more than one or more of their senses while learning it helps them remember the content more.
Teachers' Technique for discipline
Its so important that teachers start fresh with students, Sometimes a student's past teachers will talk negatively on a student who may be now on your roster. Instead of dwelling on their short comings and thinking negative thoughts before the student shows up ask the teacher for advice on what did help that student so that the teacher has techniques when the student comes
Avoid Embarrassment. When dealing with a child's behavior it is best to take them out into a hallway or pull them aside from the rest of the class to explain to them what was wrong in their behavior and give clear expectations for moving forward. When embarrassed in front of their classmates. students lose trust in their teacher,
Find the praise and Use it. Often for our "problem students" we see the things the students struggle with, and don't see the things they try to do. For Example: There's a student in my classroom who usually squirms and jumps all over the carpet during group discussion.When I see him sitting and paying attention I praise the effort and let say things like "I notice Jacob is really working hard on his self control, and is focusing on what we are discussing"
An Administrator's Roll
Even when students are not being referred for special education services it is good practice to let administrators know things about struggling students.
When students are being referred to special education after their RTI program teachers must work with administrators in helping to get that student an IEP. Administrators will hold most of the responsibility in getting that done. Though teachers will sit in meetings before and after the student receives an IEP in order to track, and report on a student's progress
Administrators should hold frequent meetings to discuss problem students whether it be about behavior or academics in order to help manage that student's progress and support the teacher
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