There are few suggestions I would make. I came well prepared to bring a solution for this. The first is to create an ILP. Are you familiar with this?
No. What is it?
An ILP is an individualized learning plan. This plan focuses on improving areas that need Improvement while strengthening areas that are already developed well. We should make novels, books, and magazines available at home. Your son would be interested if they were tailored around his hobbies and interests. I will also start including examples of high level activities. Lastly, I will give some supplementary worksheets and puzzles.
Thank you for the great advice
By the way, there is a debate club opening up also that your son might enjoy joining. It is similar to Toastmasters, have you heard about this before?
That is another thing I will look into having him join! This is all such great advice.
Individualized learning is a crucial element of student-centered classrooms that help foster real progress and achievement. In the last few decades, education has moved away from a one-size-fits-all mentality. Individualized learning allows teachers to close the learning gaps. It allows struggling students to get material and learn at an optimal pace that caters to their interests and abilities. It also helps build confidence in students. Students often lose confidence in themselves and their potential. With individualized learning plans, students can get self-confidence because the lessons will be tailored to their specific abilities. Lastly, there is also greater engagement for teachers and students. Instead of standing in the classroom explaining A new concept, teachers will have more opportunities to interact with students one-on-one when using individualized instruction in their classrooms. Individualized instructions can also be altered and changed to achieve maximum results. Lastly, students can work at their own pace and on different areas without affecting the learning of their peers. Gifted students might work ahead while students who are struggling can take the time they need to review and master a concept that they don't fully understand. Parents need to be communicated with when the child is on the ILP. This is why the teacher suggested that we keep in touch every two weeks. Positive behaviour also plays a very big role in the academic, social and behavioural development of the student.
There are many educators that agree that readiness and interest equals engagement. Student interest in a topic holds so much power. When a topic connects to what students want to do and what they like to do, the student feels deeply engaged as they willingly spend time thinking and creating ideas in meaningful ways. A challenge of students is they don't see why they need to learn the material. By showing students how it relates to the real world, teachers can better show the evidence of how the topics being learned are similar to things they have an interest in. Disengaged students will feel connected to what they are learning and other students get to see learning targets from a new perspective. Differentiating products are a great common place to embed interests. When communicating with the parents, we can use the compliment sandwich feedback technique - Praise, Things to Improve, Praise. This allows us to show them that we acknowledge their child's good points along with areas of improvement. A strong parent-teacher partnership is the best for the student to grow and learn.
There were some cases in our teaching experience where we have noticed that students have so much fun they don't even realize that they are learning. When they get into a fun activity, they make friends and learning and education seamlessly goes hand-in-hand. This is the case with joining an after-school club like Toastmasters or debate. Not only does it look great on a resume and builds character, but it also help students with what they are struggling with whether it be confidence, speaking, or the English language. Chess club helps with math and analytical thinking. There is a club for everyone depending on what area they are struggling in. It's important that students find ways to make education fun but it's more important that educators lead them there. References:McCarthy, J. (2014, August 25). Learner Interest Matters: Strategies for Empowering Student Choice. Retrieved October 04, 2020, from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-learner-interest-matters-john-mccarthyNigel GreenDirector of Personalization @DreamBox_Learn | Developer of Continuous Assessment and Adaptation | Former Teacher | Professional Musician | Bellevue. (2015, August 06). Pros and cons of individualized instruction. Retrieved October 04, 2020, from https://www.dreambox.com/blog/pros-cons-individualized-instruction