Good day. I have been a teacher for five years now in three school districts. Beginning in Philadelphia, I student taught 9th grade students in West Philadelphia. As a new teacher guiding new high school students it was important to identify immediate concerns that challenged the everyday urban students. Since my time in Philadelphia, I have taught in the Chester-Upland & Upper Darby school districts; two suburban school districts with primarily a minority population. The two largest reasons students are not succeeding to their potential is because they lack two fundamental skills; organization and time management.
Organization is a habit. Your student must be trained properly to be organized. The organization must make sense for the student and they must fully participate in this in order for it to work. Being able to locate their notes, work, & rubrics in a timely fashion will allow the student have assignments turned in on time, study all materials for assessments, & improve academic confidence.
Time management is a discipline. In a world that is constantly providing distraction, your student must be able to master appropriate time management with regards to their school work. Spending 20-30 minutes on study of a subject for every hour of study in school will improve a students confidence, participation, and grade in the subject.
Improving these two skills will improve your students performance in needed subjects.
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