Struggling Students Tan Zejian - Coggle Diagram
Signs of Struggling Students
Learning Difficulties/ Disabilities
Teachers can check the detailed description of learning difficulties/ disabilities/ disorders. These can provide teachers help in distinguishing what students are struggling in the class.
Measures to Inform Teachers of Struggling Students
Administration office informs teachers of struggling students in each class.
Special education teachers contact the subject teachers about the information of struggling students.
Parents may directly get in touch with subject teachers, and inform teachers the basic information of their kids.
Teachers may know the struggling students through their daily teaching activities in class, or through communication with students after class
Strategies to Help Struggling Students
Cooperation with parents
Teachers can enhance communications with parents. Through communications, teachers may know better about students' backgrounds, personalities, learning preferences, and their learning difficulties. These are helpful for teachers to do further adjustments in teaching.
Parents can provide struggling students with additional supports in learning resources outside the classroom, and give emotional support for their children, which cannot be replayed by teachers.
Struggling students can be given an independent reading task or a reading task with a partner. The reading level should be appropriate for his/her level.
The reading material may combine with tapes or available online.
Small group instructions can be considered for struggling students.
Teachers may change the content for struggling students based on their individualized education programs (Tomlinson & Imbeau, 2010)
Tomlinson and Imbeau (2010) believe that differentiating process is all about practice based on the content.
The practice should make sense for struggling students. Amount or kind of teacher help should be available.
Varied timelines or check-in points, varied criteria for success should be made for students, including struggling students (Strickland, 2007).
Modification of the learning environment is needed to ensure effective learning (Tomlinson & Imbeau, 2010).
For struggling students cannot sit still or sit for a long time, teachers may make it possible for struggling students to move around the room more.
For students who just really can‟t work with noise, teacher can give these students ear plugs when they are working in groups.
Additional Support from Schools
Our school has the cooperation between normal class teachers and special education teachers in planning content for struggling students. Through communications with special education teachers, normal class teachers know better with the struggling students, like their learning preferences. Also, normal class teachers can keep updated on struggling students' progress in some ability.
Social worker plays an important role in helping communicate among teachers, struggling students, and the parents. As language barriers do exist, local social workers enhances the communication accuracy and efficiency.
School's Referral Process
SEN Professional Team and class teachers conduct observations on struggling students.
Further assessments are made to assess struggling students' ability.
Interventions for struggling students will be made with their parents' approvals.
SEN Professional Team and schools receive prior medical reports from struggling students' parents.
Tomlinson, C. A., & Imbeau, M. B. (2010). Leading and managing a differentiated classroom. ASCD.
Strickland, C. A. (2007). Tools for high-quality differentiated instruction. ASCD.
How to Identify Struggling Students and Intervene
Here is an online tool teachers can use: