For teachers…

How am I supposed to teach this kid? 

imageDuring my many years in the public school system, I heard this question countless times. Teachers are not only responsible for teaching students how to read and write; they are responsible for raising the “whole” child. This refers to the social/ emotional growth that each child needs to be successful in life.

In a perfect world, parents supply positive experiences and loving, stable homes that are conducive to raising socially and emotionally healthy children. While many family do provide such a lifestyle for their children, there are many who do not. It is then left up to the school to provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through various programs such as The Olweus Bully Prevention Program and The Dignity for All Act that was put in place in 2013.

SEL is crucial, especially for those students who are lacking in this area. This is most commonly when I hear that famous question, “How am I supposed to teach this kid?” These are the children who need our unconditional support and guidance. Yes, these are the students who give you a hard time each day with disruptive behaviors that take precious time away from teaching your class the vast amount of curriculum that your evaluation and test scores are based.  The good news is that there are many supports to help you help your students.

You have come to the right place!

As the Response to Intervention (RtI) continues to pave the way for identifying appropriate interventions for our struggling students, it is important to consistently use behavior modifications in measurable ways. Data collection is highly sought after when speaking with parents, while at team meetings, when speaking with the student, and when asking for additional classroom support.

RtI promotes three tiers of intervention for all students. The majority of students (about 80%) will respond to tier one interventions such as a classroom wide behavior plan that all students participate in daily. Tier two encompasses approximately 15% of the student population where extra support is needed. In tier three, we generally see the remaining five percent of students requiring intensive behavior plans and supports.

Continue reading to find valuable tools  that you can use in your classroom today that will help you to answer our question…”How am I supposed to teach this kid?