I have a dream ....... that all my students are self-motivated, quick to learn, and adaptable to any activity I may give them.
But I also have a reality ........ that some students, for a variety of reasons, do not find school a rewarding experience. These students may be considered at risk; they are students who
do not adapt well to the traditional school culture. This may be due to outside distractions, emotional difficulties, or learning disabilities. Although it is difficult to generalize, I will
attempt to identify some of the behaviors which make school difficult for some youngsters and may put them at risk for dropping out of school before they have completed their education.
Have low motivation
Possess short attention spans
Are easily frustrated
Are highly distractable
Need more time on task because they process information more slowly
May miss chunks of information because they are concentrating very hard on other things
Lack organizational skills
Learn best from stories and metaphors
Are inconsistent in their academic achievement
Like to learn by doing (kinesthetic)
Respond best to personal relationships
Need concrete, hands on learning opportunities
May have skills and talents that are not recognized or developed in school (athletic ability, artistic ability, social skills)
The goal of teachers is to take at risk students and bring them back into the educational mainstream, even as the educational mainstream itself is adjusting to higher standards. The
challenge is to create lifelong learners, regardless of learning style, so that all students can reach their maximum potential. (See also How To Create
a Multisensory Classroom).
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