At-Risk: Low-Achieving Students in the Classroom
A review of the voluminous research in the field of teaching at-risk, low achieving elementary school students yields a number of practical, validated applications for classroom teachers. At-risk students should be identified early during their formative years, and social and academic enrichment programs should be implemented as soon as possible. School-based models can make an important difference with low achievers. The principal must provide the leadership to create an inviting, supportive learning environment for staff and students. The attitude of the classroom teacher is the key to program success. Successful teacher approaches must include the following: (1) communication of high expectations; (2) utilization of a variety of effective teaching strategies; (3) emphasis on the development of the total child. The appendix contains an extensive list of practical strategies divided by the following: (1) reading/writing/spelling; (2) social studies; (3) science; (4) mathematics; (5) adaptable to all subjects; and (6) motivation/self-concept. A 162-item bibliography is included. (FMW)
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