Student Academic Struggles

Break Card
Situation: 

How can I prevent a student from being non-compliant during groups or activities?

Visual Timer
Situation: 

How do I help a student transition from a preferred activity?

Letters Don’t Have to be Perfect
Situation: 

I have a student who wants to erase his writing repeatedly to try and make it more perfect. Can you offer any advice?

Using Sticky Notes and Strips to Adapt a Task
Situation: 

I am a paraprofessional who works with a student in regular education settings and in a Support Room. He has a very hard time working. I’ve learned many strategies and have used them with some success but sometimes he will just groan and refuse to work. The other day he was doing so well and had finished 3 papers but refused to do the last one. I know he could do it but he just wouldn’t think and fill in the answers. What do I do in those cases?  I hate to just say he doesn’t have to do it – that seems like going backwards and giving in.

Engaging a Non-compliant Student: Using a Learning Menu
Situation: 

I have a student in my regular 5th grade classroom, who does not have a diagnosis of any kind. However, he often displays oppositional behaviors. He will refuse to open his eyes, pick his head up off the desk, answer questions, and has recently shown an increase in speaking out in a disrespectful manner towards his teachers. He does not lack the ability to do any of these. Often these defiant behaviors occur when he does not want to engage in a particular classroom assignment, either because he feels unsure of his own abilities or because he feels the exercise/activity/assignment is meaningless and irrelevant. I have several forms of whole-class positive reinforcement systems, but he does not always respond. I have also tried additional individual positive reinforcement tools that he has not responded to either. Can you give some ideas as to how I can help him be more engaged and cooperative in class? Thank you for your insight. I welcome any guidance!

Visible But Unreachable
Situation: 
I can’t get my student to request something without providing a verbal prompt or model. He is so dependent on me and waits until I ask him to talk.
Pencil Free Writing
Situation: 

What are some alternative ways to motivate kids that struggle with the fine motor demand of writing? I am a 2nd grade teacher who has a student who really struggles with writing. Sometimes we allow her to type words but this also can be frustrating for her. The computer is in the back of class and I sometimes feel that she is excluded from the group. Any ideas?

Brain Breaks
Situation: 

We have many double periods of math throughout the week. It makes it very difficult for some of my students to continue attending. What can I do to help them (and me) get through these times?

IEP At a Glance
Situation: 

How do I know what accommodations/modifications I should use for my student’s upcoming assessments?

Color Coding: Adaptation for Comprehension
Situation: 

A few of my students can read, but get very frustrated when asked to answer comprehension questions based on what has been read. How can I reduce frustration and increase comprehension?