Archive for January, 2014

How to Address the Student Withdrawing From Attention/ Hyperactivity Issues Within the Learning Environment

January 19, 2014

 

 

Nationally, today’s classroom setting consist of a population of children who lack the concentration to focus due to Attention Deficit Issues.   Usually controlled by medications prescribed by physicians; the dilemma worsens within the learning environment when the student displays signs of withdrawal due to not taking the appropriated medication.  Any teacher who’s experienced this knows how draining this situation can be for both student and instructor.   Below are some suggestions on how to deal or cope with the matter.

1. Ask the student.  In private manner or fashion, ask the student did they forget or suddenly stop taking their prescribed medication.  Remember, kids are honest and mostly likely will tell the truth. The conversation should take place in private to ensure that the student is not embarrassed by other class mates.

2. Schedule a mandated meeting with parents.  Don’t allow the uncontrollable actions of a child with these issues to intervene with the learning process of other students.  Contact those parents as soon as possible. Inform them of how important it is for their child to have what they need daily to make it through the school day. Explain the “big picture” to the parent or guardian of the child.    Sometimes, it’s just the case of the parent moving too fast and simply forgetting.  Usually when forgotten, parents make a serious effort to get back up to the school to give their child their prescribed medications that very day.

3. Send the child to the office.  As educators, there is only so much were allowed to do. If the situation occurs frequently, the student should be sent to the office.   If the child cannot maintain nor condone themselves due to not having what they need, send them to the office until the matter is handled and addressed.  If for some reason the student has run out of their required supply, find out from the parent when the next prescription will be filled and always remember to document.

Getting Those Student Reading Levels up to Part

January 10, 2014

Blog post 2014
Hello to educators everywhere. Like me, if you’ve taught for some time, you’ve most likely noticed the variations of reading levels within your learning environment. In most traditional settings there may have been two or three. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have four or more. This at times can leave a teacher feeling slightly helpless in the beginning. Listed below are helpful hints that can hopefully assist educators with adjusting to this evolution.

Start student’s reading below grade level at their pace. There is nothing worse than giving a student already reading below level a book too hard or difficult to read. Provide pace level supplementary reading materials to students outside of the mandated anthology to read both in class and at home.

Try Peer Tutoring. I’ve come to find that students prefer student lead tutoring over teacher student tutoring any day.

Indentify the words that are challenging. Have students read aloud to themselves and highlight every word they have difficulty with pronouncing.

Go back to the basics. Sometimes, we just have to do just that. Even with older students I’ve come to find that phonemic awareness and decoding activities assist greatly with boosting reading levels.

Teachers, get with the program! Often, a lot of the mandatory reading done within the class room setting lacks the interest of students. Create a small area in your rooms specifically for “exciting reads.” Borrow the books from your school library if possible.

Encourage the student to do better. Most youngsters reading below level lack confidence. Remember, any and every indicator of literary growth is to be commended. Tell your students how proud you are of them. Encourage them to read and read some more. After all, one step in the right direction may get the levels up to part and where they need to be.

Getting Youngsters to Increase Their Literacy Rates for the New Year

January 3, 2014

Adra before 13 Xmas break

Reading is fundamental. With statistics indicating that the average American student is two years behind or more in reading, it’s important to immediately work on increasing that deficit when the problem is identified. The inability to not read on accurate or appropriate levels usually result to students doing the following; He or she is unable to keep up with class room peers, They are unable to pass any college or military entrance exam, A decision is made to drop out of school due to levels of frustration setting in. Listed below are helpful suggestions on helping youngsters improve their reading capabilities.

1. Ask your child’s teacher their current level of reading. Parents don’t be afraid to inquire about your child’s literacy rate. I recommend that you ask in the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Ask the teacher to share your child’s personal literacy data with you. This way you can measure your child’s level to see if growth is taking place.

2. Take the time to read with your child daily. I cannot emphasize this more. Listening to your child read daily is great. It allows you the parent some sense of empowerment knowing that your child can read. In addition, it allows the parent to identify if challenges exist with word recognition or decoding.

3. Tell your child’s teacher in the beginning of the year if you sense a problem with your child’s reading ability or level. Parent’s in this case, there is nothing to be ashamed about. If you are aware of the fact that your child is reading below level, inform your child’s teacher immediately. The sooner the problem is identified, the better. Perhaps your child may need educational assessment for additional assistance. The sooner the problem is established the quicker you and your child’s educator can as a team problem-solve for the best solutions.

4. Buy or borrow books from the library. In today’s society, so many of us reside in a house where books are nonexistent. We must get away from that! The only way reading will increase for youngsters are for books to be at their disposal at all times. Computers and video games are usually at their exposure. Purchase books from dollar stores. Borrow them from your local library. Attend library sales.

5. Parents tell your child’s teacher if you have a problem with reading. I know this takes a lot of courage to do. No one proudly wants’ to acknowledge if they are illiterate. The good news now is that most schools across the nation offer free GED programs for parents who want to increase their reading levels. This is a major plus for parents who want to take that step in their lives in order to assist their youngsters at home. For those parents not feeling comfortable enough to reveal this information to your child’s instructor, I recommend checking local libraries for literacy classes. Let’s all make it a 2014 New Year’s resolution to increase the literacy rates of youngsters.