The written teacher evaluation and classroom observation information will help clarify the potential causes of a child’s difficulty in the classroom. In order to help a child, the teacher and the parents must consider many possible causes for the student’s difficulty. Without a careful evaluation, a child may be inappropriately labeled as a “behavior problem” or “special needs”.
An extremely important thing to note is the child should not be told they are personally being observed. People that know they are being observed tend to step up their game. The teacher should notify the students that someone is visiting the class to observe the teacher or may have a student in the class next year and seeing how they do things.
Is your student mislabeled as special needs or a behavior problem? Tomorrow we will address this as our series on classroom difficulty continues.
There are two reasons that the teacher must not be allowed to do the classroom observation for a troubled student. The first reason is because they have already made up their mind. They already have opinions and won’t be able to look at the situation with an open mind.
Tomorrow we will discuss a second reason that you should not allow the classroom teacher to do the observation of your child. You will not want to miss this one!
A teacher may notify a parent that there are issues a student needs to address in the classroom. This could include lack of focus, silliness or emotional distress. Sometimes the teacher may be right as there could be classroom bullies or the teacher themselves may be causing problems for your student. In order to find out the exact cause of your student’s problems, a classroom observation by someone other than the teacher is important. Students can benefit from being closely observed in the classroom due to the information collected that would otherwise remain unknown. One important thing to remember is that the teacher must never be allowed to do this observation.
Why can’t the teacher be allowed to conduct the observation? There are two reasons why. Can you guess? Check back tomorrow for the surprising answers!
Many parents are notified that there student has issues in the classroom that must be addressed. One major tool at your disposal is the written teacher evaluation. A written teacher evaluation describes specific behaviors and academic performance. The purpose of this evaluation is to pinpoint areas where a student is having problems and areas of strength.
Tomorrow we will look at what must be considered when evaluating.
Students should avoid caffeine after 2:00 PM to get a good night’s sleep. Caffeine has a half-life of six hours. What this means is even after six hours (8:00 PM), half the caffeine they drank is still in their body.
Some students lose focus sitting but can find it easier to pay attention in class when they are standing. By standing they are using their muscles, stimulating blood flow and increasing oxygen uptake. Standing or adjustable desks have allowed the students that feel “antsy” all the time, to focus in class.
Students with impulsivity issues often focus on movement and tend to not pay attention to their learning. School desks and chairs can be modified to accommodate students with ADHD impulsivity issues. Resistance bands around the legs of the desk or the legs of their chair allow the student to kick and get their energy out. They use their muscles to push against the bands allowing them to satisfy their need for stimulation and maintaining focus in class.
An inflatable balance disc is another item that is great for students with ADD/ADHD. The balance disc is placed on top of their regular chair. Due to the instability of the balance disc, it forces the core muscles to be used to maintain proper posture. This in turn leads to increased focus when learning.
Sitting on an ergonomic stool is another way of actively sitting using the core muscles. Being active in this manner stimulates more of the brain-body connection. This can lead to more focus in the classroom.