Kids with ADHD often have a lack of self-awareness. Before you are discipline them, be sure to explain what went wrong. Then teach what behavior is expected from them.
Give assistance, not advice in a crisis.
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.
The second reason the teacher should never conduct the classroom observation is because they are a part of the process being evaluated. The teacher could be the one causing the student to have difficulty in the classroom in the first place. The observer needs to be able to see all aspects of the classroom including the students and the teacher all with an open mind.
Tomorrow we will take a closer look at exactly who should and should not be conducting the classroom observation.
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!
If your child’s teacher writes you evaluation, make sure they consider the student’s intellectual and emotional development and age in comparison to other children in the classroom. The teacher should also note what methods have been tried to modify behavior.
Come back tomorrow and find out another major tool at your disposal when trying to solve classroom challenges your student may face.
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.
Parents often ask us what they should do when a teacher says their child is having issues in the classroom. Tomorrow we will look at a major piece to the puzzle in solving your student’s classroom difficulties.
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