With 2020 upon us, finding fun and creative ways to help struggling students can turn feelings of helplessness into hopefulness.
What are 10 Ways to Empower Struggling Students?
- Be excited and positive about the academic content and lessons. Preview upcoming topics and share some coming, fun projects that the students can look forward to completing.
- Help students to visualize or imagine pictures when reading, listening, and writing. Creating a movie in your head improves memory, comprehension, and attention.
- Create a comfortable space, with all the needed school supplies, for your students to complete their work.
- Allow kids to listen to audiobooks while reading aloud. This improves sight words, tracking skills, vocabulary, spelling, and listening skills.
- Make your child's favorite snacks and drinks available during homework time. This provides positive associations with completing homework.
- Create a family time a few times a week, where the whole family reads, writes, or organizes themselves.
- Go online, to the library or a bookstore and help your students select reading materials that they find engaging. This could be a magazine, comic, book and more.
- Integrate activities, characters, or materials that your students love to do. For instance, if they love drawing, encourage them to illustrate a scene out of each chapter as they read.
- Review or complete a problem or two with your students, so that they feel confident and on track.
- When students self-initiate school work, provide encouragement and celebrate any self-directed accomplishments.
Where Can I Find Multisensory Materials that Can Help?
Good Sensory Learning offers over 100 products for teachers, homeschoolers, and therapists that can help develop weak areas of cognition. In addition, we offer multisensory lessons, executive functioning materials, educational games and fun remedial tools in the areas of reading, writing and math. CLICK HERE to learn more.
I hope you found this blog helpful. If you need personal help finding the best materials, I'm happy to help.
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren, Learning Specialist, Educational Therapist, and Author
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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