Student Academic Struggles

Test-Taking Toolkit
Situation: 

I have a student in my class whom I know is very bright, but his test scores sure don’t show it!  He’s attentive during class and participates on occasion, so it seems like he’s following along but then freezes on the exam.  What can I do to help him prepare more effectively?

 

 

“Look Again” Positive Ways to Provide Corrections to School Work
Situation: 

Several students in my Learning Support class become very upset when I make corrections on their papers.  I’ve tried calling them up to my desk for a private review of their errors, and they still cry, protest, or shut down.  How can I get them to fix their mistakes without the negative reactions?

Peer Checker
Situation: 

I have a student who is pretty disorganized and I always have to spend time with him before and after each math class to make sure he has his assignment, materials or homework etc.  He is in 5th grade and I really think kids at this age should be able to do this on their own.  His special education teacher feels he needs additional support to get himself organized but it is hard to do this when I have 28 other students in my class.  Any ideas?

Question Answer Relationship Strategy (Raphael 1986)
Situation: 

I am a 5th and 6th grade Learning Support Teacher and have several kids that struggle with reading comprehension and just can’t seem to  go back into a text to find an answer to a question when needed.  They just give up… At times I have highlighted where they can find some answers but that is time consuming and I’d like them to become more independent!  Any ideas?

Learning Support Binder
Situation: 

I have a student who is pulled out of class for learning support remediation with a reading specialist, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. It seems like her schooling is so “disjointed.” When the teachers and therapists come to my room, I rarely have time to tell them what we are working on and how they can help. How can I make these pull-out sessions more meaningful and improve communication between team members?

Strategies for Bringing Up Grades
Situation: 

I have a bright student with Asperger’s who is falling behind in his grades. When I talk to him about it, he doesn’t seem to understand what he has to do to pull up his grade. He doesn’t seem to care much about the work that is assigned.

Errorless Learning
Situation: 

My students often imitate and I want to avoid reinforcing “wrong” or poor skills and behaviors. How can I teach and reinforce positive skills and behaviors?

Visual Chunking: Homework
Situation: 

How can I get my child to do his homework? It is a struggle every night.

Writing on Desks: A Novel Approach to Skill Practice
Situation: 

As a math teacher, I must have students practice new problems daily. We typically use paper or worksheets I have prepared. When this part of class begins, I have some students who just sit and do not participate. They are not disruptive but there is also no attempt to try the problems. I know they can probably do the work – or at least attempt it. I do have a few other students who just start talking during this part of class. Is there any way to change these behaviors or motivate them to try the problems?

Locker Organization Skills
Situation: 

I have a student who frequently comes to class without her textbook. If she remembers her book, she’ll ask to go back to her locker for her folder. She always seems to be forgetting some necessary material which means she’s missing valuable class time by returning to her locker so much. How can I help her remember to bring everything she needs to class?