Identifying and Helping a Struggling Student (Signs a student is…
Identifying and Helping a Struggling Student
The next step would be to meet with either fellow teachers, the learning specialist, or the school counselor depending on what the need of the child is. A combination of these professionals in one meeting can also be helpful so that everyone can share their insights and expertise.
Strategies for helping the student can be brainstormed in these meetings.
The student may need classroom accommodations to be made.
Students can be given graphic organizers to take notes, books that replace certain words with pictures, printouts of what is projected on the board, book highlighter tools to help them follow along while text is being read aloud, etc.
Assistive technology can be used in class, such as audiobooks, a microphone used by the teacher, voice-to-text software, talking calculators, etc.
Being mindful of where struggling students sit in the classroom is important. Also having different furniture in the classroom as a choice for students to use is helpful, such as wobbly stools or standing desks.
It might be necessary that the student be pulled out frequently by the learning specialist for extra help in certain areas.
The student may benefit from meeting with the school counselor often to have a safe place to talk and get emotional guidance.
Signs a student is struggling
They are falling behind their classmates and having trouble keeping up.
They often seem frustrated with themselves or disengaged from what is happening in class.
Changes in their normal behavior is noticed.
They have trouble following directions or listening to explanations.
They make comments about inability to complete tasks for various reasons.
The first step to help a struggling student is to talk to their parents.
Parents know their children best, so any insights they can provide on typical and atypical behavior for their child can be very helpful.
The third step will be to create and implement an Individualized Education Program (IEP) if it is decided that it is necessary for the student. This will come from the conversations had with parents, other teachers, learning specialists and counselors and from various applicable evaluations.
The fourth and final step to helping a struggling student is to check in with them often. To ensure that the plan put in place to help them is actually working and providing the child the support they need, regular check-ins to see how they are doing and feeling will be necessary. If necessary, adjustments to their learning plan or accommodations can be made.