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Working with struggling students
How do I know the student is struggling?
no eye contact
refuse to discuss school at home
change in attitude
refusal to go to school
says school is boring
does something else in class
gets distracted/unable to pay attention
verbally expresses negative things about the school
does not follow rules/misbehaves
take frustration out on other students (get violent verbally or physically)
assessment (low grade on this test will identify the students that may be struggling with English language)
poor grades and test results
to assist struggling students
ways to differentiate instructions:
Students who are unfamiliar with a lesson could be required to complete tasks on the lower levels: remembering and understanding. Students with some mastery could be asked to apply and analyze the content, and students who have high levels of mastery could be asked to complete tasks in the areas of evaluating and creating.
provide materials for each learning style: visual, auditory and kinesthetic, and through words
access students according to their learning styles: through tests, projects, reports, or other activities.
why necessary: every student has an individual learning style. Chances are, not all of your students grasp a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability.
Do I need extra support?
How do I make a referral?
communication via email/personal visits
exchange information about the student
figure out what works at home and at school
create consistent learning environment at home and at school
involve school recourses
Special Education Needs (Academic struggle)
What are some ways I could help this student?
Created by: Irina Kravchenko
References: Linnell-Olsen, L. (2019, September 12).
7 Warning Signs Your Child Is Struggling in School
[Web log post]. Retrieved October 31, 2019, from:
National center for learning disabilities,
Identifying struggling students
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