Some students ask for frequent teacher attention because they are reluctant to make mistakes, they don’t fully understand the assignment and/or they feel the work is too difficult. The “Green Dot to Red Dot” strategy teaches students to work through small “chunks” of the task independently before raising their hand for the teacher to check their work or assist them. Initially, the “chunks” should be two to three math problems at a time, allowing the teacher to check for understanding as well as affording the student the attention/affirmation he or she desires on a “fixed” schedule. Gradually, the number of math problems between the green and red dots is increased until the student is able to start and complete entire worksheets without seeking adult attention. NOTE: It’s important to make sure all appropriate adaptations/modifications have already been made to worksheets to increase student success.
One of the students in my Learning Support class requires prompting and reassurance for every problem on his math worksheet. I want him to complete tasks more independently but he is constantly asking me for help or if his answer is correct. I can’t work with other students who also need my help with all of these interruptions. Do you have any suggestions?