Since no two students are exactly the same, in every classroom there will be students of various abilities and skill levels. This week's tips focus on ways that teachers can intervene to assist the struggling student to improve his or her performance.
This Week's Tips
Group Learning Can Benefit Intervention (Monday)
Place students in cooperative groups of mixed abilities to complete an activity. Students who are struggling can benefit and learn from students with a greater mastery of the skill or better grasp of the subject matter.
Peer Tutors Can Help Intervention Efforts (Tuesday)
Provide tutors from a higher grade to work with the students in need of extra practice or help for students who are struggling with a particular subject or topic. They could meet once or twice a week in your classroom after school, while you catch up on grading or other paperwork and act as moderator for the session.
School Staff May Improve Intervention Efforts (Wednesday)
Utilize special needs or other school staff to plan your intervention strategies. Network with other teachers to capitalize on their previous successes. Use the resources you have at hand to obtain ideas of ways you can facilitate learning for struggling students in your classroom.
Intervention Strategy Teaches Organization Skills (Thursday)
Teach students basic organization and time management skills. Teach them to develop daily study routines; mark important dates and assignments on a calendar so they can visualize the time frame for tasks and plan ahead. Remind them to write down homework each day in an assignment book. Also, talk to them about basic study skills-for example working in a quiet area, making sure all needed materials are on hand before they begin working, breaking down tasks and completing one thing at a time.
Interventions Can Effectively Involve Parents (Friday)
Communicate frequently with parents or guardians of struggling students. Parents or guardians may need specific advice for helping the student make improvements. It may help to engage in frequent correspondences, encourage parental monitoring of homework, and provide parents with a schedule of students' assignments.