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How To Help A Student Who Is Failing Your Class

I get it. We're supposed to teach every child. That’s what I do! But then someone points out that one of my students is failing my class. When I first heard that, I got defensive. “He’s choosing to fail by not doing the work,” I'd say. While that’s technically correct, it doesn't do a thing to help the high school student in question. After a mentor pointed that out, I started researching how to help a failing student.
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How To Help A Student Who Is Failing Your Class
  • edutopia.org

    Intervention for Failing Students: What Matters Most?

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Between PBIS and RTI, most districts have been running interventions for failing students since the mid 2000s. That’s a great thing, but I've discovered that not all interventions are equal. Plus, how many models and programs have we seen over the years? This article does a great job of reminding me that the important thing is people, not programs. It helps ground me and keep me focused on students instead of forms.
  • teachthought.com

    Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom

    6 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Lately, I've been rethinking failing grades. We all fail from time to time. Isn't that a part of the learning process? When I heard the term “failing forward,” I started researching it. This article opened my eyes. Now, I see getting an “F” not as the end but as a step in a new direction. For example, I stopped giving zeros for missing work. Instead, I expect all work will be turned in.
  • ascd.org

    If They'd Only Do Their Work!

    9 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I remember having a parent-teacher conference one time with a student who wouldn’t do any of the work. When I explained that, the parent snapped at me. “Why should he? What’s he gonna learn?” Sure, that’s a poor response from a parent. But it posed a good question. Are my assignments worth doing? This article made me rethink my perspective to student work. I still hold students accountable, but thanks to this article, I'm more confident my tasks are worthy of their time.
  • William O'Dea says:
    I hate giving out an “F” on report cards. In my first few years, I kept thinking there was nothing left to do. I taught, I explained, and I graded. If they fail, that’s their business, right? Wrong. I cannot force students to learn, but as this article shows, I can certainly do something. For example, I started forcing students to do missing work anyway. If it’s good for them to complete it, why not get it done anyway?
  • www2.philau.edu

    Ideas When a Student Has Difficulty

    6 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I appreciate long articles dense with data, examples, and narration. Such things are valuable and great to reference in debates. But sometimes, I just want to get the bullet points. Don’t tell a story about poor Johnny failing Algebra 2. Tell me how to reach Johnny. That’s why I love this PDF. It efficiently explains why students fail, how to help them, and what to do if the student still fails.
  • William O'Dea says:
    In my second year, I had a kid who seemed to fail on purpose. All semester long, it felt like he wanted to fail. Finally, I sat him down and talked about it. Turned out, he wanted to get kicked out so he could go to another school where his friends went. Years later, I ran into this short article recommending that I do just that — work with the student to figure out why he/she failed. I wish I had thought about retesting like this article suggested.
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BloomBoard Asks:What do you say to a colleague who believes some students just fail?
MALZEANER FRAZIERMiddle School Non-DepartmentalApril 25, 2017
I feel that if a colleague believes that some students just fail then something is not quite right. Even if the students doesn't do his/her work there should be other alternatives to use in order to make the child successful. Parents, teachers and students should all brainstorm and find ways for sucess.