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Sunday, September 30, 2012
I teach at a Title 1 school. Many of our students come from difficult circumstances. We are always looking for strategies to help boost these kids and give them a better chance at being successful in school and in life. Below is a list of little things that can make a big difference.
Disadvangated and Under-achieving Children
1. Disadvantage and under-achieving children need more time on task.
2. Structure and routines are vital for their sense of safety, nourishment, and care.
3. Disadvantaged and under-achieving children need background knowledge. Do not assume they have a great deal of background knowledge or conceptual knowledge.
4. Disadvantaged and under-achieving children do not have a strong oral language foundation. Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary!
5. Disadvantaged and under-achieving children need more intensity and multiple practices.
6. Disadvantaged and under-achieving children are highly distractible. Maximizing learning begins with minimizing distractions.
7. Disadvantaged and under-achieving children need a lot of feedback.
And this from a Solution Tree pamphlet: “At the center of learning is uncompromised, no-nonsense literacy instruction.”