Updated: May 20, 2020
Are you frustrated? The best way to work with your student/ child is to understand them. Asking them to do something they cannot do will only frustrate them and you. Then the relationship breaks down.
Step 1 - What is hard for the student?
Staying on task? Wondering what comes next? Clock watcher?
Suggestion: Create a template of expectations.
For Example, here is a lesson plan that I use with one of my students (not John)
JOHN’s Reading Lesson Plan 2/4 and 6/2020
1. Review Vowel Circle - 5 minutes
2. Read R words - 5 min
3. Spell R words - 5 min
4. Patiently write 5 sentences - 10
5. New Material - Open syllable words - 10 min
6. Read 20 Words - 10 real, 10 nonsense - 10 min
7. Read Story and answer questions - 10 min
8. Horse Game - remainder of time - 5 min
Reading at home?
Suggestion: Instead of reading for 30 minutes, set a goal of 4 pages. If they are a clock watcher, remove the clock or the time aspect. Change the goal from time to pages.
Attention in the classroom (and at home because practice makes perfect.)
Suggestion: Index card of reminders (laminate, colored, etc something fun)
1. Eyes on teacher
2. ORALLY Repeat steps of task (First I need to..., Second I need to ..., Third I need to ...)
3. Breathe deep and think before asking questions. Can you say impulsive?
4. Be task oriented, not time oriented.
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