Identifying and Helping Struggling Students in the Classroom :red_flag:…
Identifying and Helping Struggling Students in the Classroom
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This is difficult to accomplish with bigger class sizes. Each student deserves their own type of instruction, but that is not always possible. (Kraft, 2017) (Lang, 2017) (Zarillo, 2010)
Reading or math groups with kids at the same academic level.
A teacher can provide separate worksheets and instruction per group for optimal learning.
Group work or projects.
This allows students to collaborate and use their strengths.
Modify Curricular Content
Hold these kids to the same standards as everyone else.
Break learning up into smaller segments which become "mini lessons"
Present material in a systematic way so children have a schedule and can connect units to each other.
Assign less work for those that get overwhelmed. Ex: in math only assign odd numbers for the student to complete.
Use instructional prompts and adapt the criteria
Adapt the time a student is allowed for classwork, homework, or a test.
Allow certain students an open book for some tests.
Change the task by allowing some students to give their answers and information in different ways.
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:family: Parent Communication
Beginning of the Year
Always start the year with a positive relationship with parents. Send an email with your excitement to have them in your class and the good things you see so far.
When struggle occurs
Notify parents of what you see, add positives with negatives.
Some parents may not take the information well. They may refuse extra help.
Throughout the Process
If an IEP process begins, keep the parents in constant communication.
They are allowed to have a say in their child's IEP and whether they accept it or not.
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The child no longer belongs in your classroom.
They are disrupting the classroom/other students from learning.
They themselves are not able to learn in the classroom.
If they need constant one on one instruction.
Bring child to the team
Team is made up of administration, teacher, ,psychologist, physical occupational therapist, speech therapist, and special education teachers.
Provide data and observations of the student struggling.
Begin IEP Process
This could take several months of testing and planning before the IEP is complete and set in place.
Get the child on an IEP
This way they can be in a special classroom where they can get the help and skills they need and deserve.
(Kraft, 2017) (Lang, 2017)
:female-detective: Identifying Struggling Students
Functioning at a much lower age developmentally
Overall IQ is low
Math test results are well behind or well above average
Reading test results are well behind or well above average
How they read or write
Not getting along with other students
How they hold a pencil
There are several ways to notice and identify a struggling student (Kraft, 2017) (Lang, 2017)
Lang Lisa, Personal Interview, August 2, 2017
Kraft Helen, Personal Interview, August 3, 2017
Zarrillo, J. (2010, July 20). Differentiating Instruction for Children With Learning Disabilities. Retrieved July 26, 2017, from
(Kraft 2017) (Lang, 2017)