A classroom is not only a place for students, but individuals with different interests who learn different subjects at different paces. Don’t give up on a student because they’re struggling, it may not be an issue with reading or comprehension; it could be the approach to how you’re teaching the material. Teachers, try to engage your classroom with different tactics. And students, push yourself to learn outside of what you’re taught in class. Here’s some advice.
- Try mixing things up. Don’t be afraid to try new things when teaching students like allowing students to write and express their emotions at the beginning or end of class.
- Make the classroom inviting. Remember to greet them with a warm welcome every day; it makes them feel important.
- Reach your students where they are. If you’re tech savvy and parents are comfortable with the idea, try using social media to send homework reminders, have class discussions outside of the classroom and stay engaged.
- Use the internet to your advantage. Social media is not only great for entertainment, but you can learn a lot through it. Start liking pages and following pages like National Geographic to learn more about science, the dictionary and thesaurus to brush up on your vocabulary and using sites like Math Papa to get an extra walk through from math class.
- Find activities of interest. Ask a teacher or counselor about school activities that spark your interests like a math club, youth leadership team or coding group.
- Don’t be afraid to be honest. If you’re struggling in a subject in school, have an open conversation with teachers and parents, they can help you find the resources and give you the one-on-one time you need to succeed.