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Overcoming Obstacles to Thrive in School
For a learner to thrive there’s more to consider than study skills.
As teachers we can’t fix all non-academic issues but we can try to be somewhat accommodating to make the learning atmosphere more beneficial.
Younger students' issues could be emotional challenges from strife in their home. Sometimes a transition between home life and school life is beneficial - sort of decompression space to "change gears".
High school college students could be emotionally challenged by everything the younger student's are challenged with and additionally may be trying to help the family finances leaving little time for studying or sleep.
The adult students returning to their education could be burdened with all of the above plus.
If a student falls asleep in class it’s not necessarily because the class is boring but because the student is juggling home life, work life, and school life. Squeezing in some sleep time isn’t always possible. A younger student may have behavior control concerns because of the stress of caring for his younger siblings. There are a lot of factors to consider when a student is not thriving or is struggling to thrive.
In my own experience as a high school math teacher in a Chicago suburb, a junior algebra boy with plenty of "smarts" just would not cooperate. Privately, I finally asked, "What is your problem?" He actually opened up about the negative atmosphere in his home life. I listened. I encouraged. I cared more about the "whole" person. He turned around his attitude and started to show his true abilities. Sometimes, simple empathy goes a long way.
“Beneath every behavior, there is a feeling.
And beneath every feeling is a need.
When we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior,
we begin to deal with the cause and not the symptom.” – Ashliegh Warner
Opinions and Analysis by: Illana Herzig Weintraub
Publisher: MathMedia Educational Software, Inc.
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