My Plan for Addressing Struggling Students by Kyle Rolofson (1. Identify…
My Plan for Addressing Struggling Students by Kyle Rolofson
1. Identify that the student is struggling
Use differentiated teaching strategies to try to improve the student's performance.*Maybe the student is struggling because you're not teaching them how they learn!
Go here for examples of differentiation strategies
Examples of Differentiation to help a struggling student:
Using more visual cues such as images to help explain concepts and graphic organizers to break down complicated ideas
Provide demonstrations examples and model what what you want students to do and how to do it.
Flexible Groupings: Pair students differently throughout a lesson or week between whole class instruction, small group instruction, one-on-one instruction, and partners to allow the teacher to reach all students needs and allow students to learn from one another.
Scaffold lessons by providing the basic building blocks the students need to get started such as pulling on background knowledge, pre-teaching vocabulary and allotting time for lots of pauses for questions, talk time and review.
Use Bloom's Taxonomy to break task up into smaller parts allowing for struggling students to focus on lower level learning such as understanding and remembering while allowing gifted students to advance to higher level learning such as application, analyzing, and creating.
Start documenting evidence such as grades and behavior of struggling student if performance does not improve.
Keep in mind:
Signs of a struggling student:
-Struggles with schoolwork
-Lack of concentration and focus
-Hyper! Can’t stop moving
-Frustrated at school or at home
-Talks too loudly
-Trouble sleeping, eating, or bathroom issues
-Struggles with social interactions
-Scared to try new things or make transitions
-Struggles to remember things
2. Contact Student Services
Ask student services to observe student for a second opinion.
Student services and teacher continue collecting info and data about progress of student
Ask for more strategies/resources/assistance to help with student
3. Contact Parents
Set up a scheduled meeting with parents to discuss concerns
Be prepared and well organized with evidence that the student is struggling
Get consent to do a formal evaluation of the student to find out if they have a disability
4. Formal Evaluation for Disability and IEP
Get a formal professional CDA examination done:
(CDA) = Comprehensive
Tests potential disabilities in:
Social or emotional
From results in the CDA, schedule meeting with student services and parents to discuss the IEP
In the meeting, decide the individual educational plan (IEP) that you will implement. Decide the goals and objectives according to the students needs and abilities
5. Progress & Communication
Student's progress should be measured and recorded
Should be regular communication with the parents to report on progress of the student both at school and at home.
Continually refer back to the IEP to ensure that strategies and goals are being followed
Implement the IEP and differentiation strategies to work towards the agreed goals for the student
Set up line of communication with the parents to discuss progress on a regular basis
*Perhaps the most important part of all of this is getting the parents on board to helping the student since little can be done without parent's consent and support!