Presentation on theme: "How to teach students that are behind others? How to teach less talented students? What does “a struggling learner” mean?"— Presentation transcript:
How to teach students that are behind others? How to teach less talented students? What does “a struggling learner” mean?
Who is a Struggling (Slow) Learner? A "slow learner" is an expression people use to describe a student who has the ability to learn necessary academic skills, but at rate and depth below average same age peers. a slow learner needs more time, more repetition, and often more resources from teachers to be successful
Some characteristics of a “slow learner” Functions at ability significantly below grade level. Has difficulty following multi-step directions. Lives in the present and does not have long range goals. Has few internal strategies (i.e. organizational skills, transferring/generalizing information.)
Some characteristics of a “slow learner” Scores consistently low on achievement tests. Works well with "hands-on" material (i.e. labs, crafts, activities.) Has a poor self-image. Works on all tasks slowly. Masters skills slowly; some skills may not be mastered at all.
Do “slow learners” have a Learning Disability? SSlow learners typically DO NOT have a disability, even though they need extra support Cognitive abilities are too high to be considered for an Intellectual Disability SSlow learners tend to perform at their ability level, which is below average
Classroom Recommendations 1.Repetition, repetition, repetition. o You might feel like you are saying the same thing over and over, but it helps. 2. Differentiated Instruction: Tutoring o Teach important concepts and leave out some of the less important details. o This helps fill in gaps in basic skills and it helps a student stay caught up 3. Peer tutoring o It is of the most effective strategies for slow learners.
How to work with slow learners? Reduce distractions by providing a quiet, private place to work. Emphasize strengths. Use lots of praise and reinforcement frequently. Make lessons short. Limit working time. Have several short work periods rather than long one. Add variety to the academic routine. Do active things and use educational games, puzzles, and other techniques as much as possible. Work on material that is somewhat challenging but allows success. Work that is too hard or too easy is a turn-off; avoid them.
How to work with slow learners? Make learning fun and comfortable. Your positive attitude is very important. Provide meaningful, concrete activities rather than abstract. Give short specific directions and have your child repeat them back to you. Parents should work closely with the teacher. Encourage the child to explore areas of interest to him/her.
Some Interventions to Meet the Needs of the Slow Learner Environment cchange seating rreduce distractions ppeer-tutors ccompensate for physical problems of classroom ggive the student time out of his seat to let off energy ccross-classroom grouping
Some Interventions to Meet the Needs of the Struggling Learner Materials uuse learning games iincorporate all learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) iincorporate computers as a tool for instructions, drill, and reinforcement uuse heterogeneous grouping uuse cooperative grouping pprovide guided practice for skills taught
Some Interventions to Meet the Needs of the Struggling Learner Tasks ssimplify and/or shorten ttry alternative instructions and testing (e.g. art work, use of tape recorder, verbal vs. written responses, "show me" techniques, mapping and clustering) rrequire shorter tasks ggive specific instruction hhave student repeat assignment directions orally
Some Interventions to Meet the Needs of the Struggling Learner Management Techniques eemploy direct, positive contact pprovide immediate feedback ccirculate around the room ccall student's name or touch them before giving directions wwrite directions on board or give each student a sheet of directions