Teacher Tools

Helping the Student Having Difficulty Following Directions

Carrying out oral directions is an essential classroom skill. It is important in the ability to learn in a group, where little or no individualized support can be available, to follow along, and comprehending. Low achieving students often become frustrated by following directions. Their difficulty carrying on instructions negatively impact their performance in school. Cognitively, following directions require for the student to be able to:

When Students Don't Get It: Helping Low Achieving Students Understand Concepts

Abstract concepts are essential to achieving in school. They are also a source of frustration and difficulty for students who struggle in the classroom; many of these students find even basic concepts difficult to grasp. Teachers can provide low achieving students with the necessary support by applying alternative teaching techniques that take the student from where he is conceptually to the next level in the learning process. The scaffolded approach used should aim at helping students comprehend and interpret what they hear, see, and read in the classroom. Some suggestions follow.

How to Discipline Disruptive Students: A Psycho-educational Approach

In today's schools, habitually disruptive students are placed almost in every classroom, and the behavioral and emotional issues that students bring to school seem to come in all shades and colors —acting out behaviors, attention deficits, hyperactivity, aggressive behaviors, non-compliance, defiance, low motivation, etc. For the teacher or staff member dealing with a disruptive student, the theories learned from textbooks rarely give any assistance or help in how to interact with the child to defuse the disruptive episode.