How Can I Help You?

I am now beyond the midway point of my student teaching experience, and so far everything has been really good, very positive, and extremely helpful in my quest to become a teacher.  One of the things though that has been a consistent source of frustration or disappointment are a couple students that refuse to do any work in class, or outside of class.  I have had numerous interventions and conferences with them, called home, and the stock reply from the student is, “you’re wasting your time.”  My cooperating teacher and I have brainstormed multiple ways to try and “reach” this student, but so far to no avail.

One of the behavior intervention plans that I learned about was essentially giving the student options.  Since the student refuses to do any work at all, try and make some sort of differentiated curriculum that will be adjusted to his interests and needs, which will hopefully allow him to have some success in the class.  I would come up with the options for the student, and then they would pick three of the options given to them.  They would not be on the hook for the regular classroom assignments while they are working on their designated curriculum, but the hope is that we would be able to slowly get him back onto the curriculum for the classroom.

I am working on implementing this, but hope that I can see some positive results out of it.  The end goal is to get this student back on track to graduate.  As always, I am open to suggestions.  So if you have any, please leave a comment.

About Pat

Pat Riley is student teaching at Amundsen High School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the fall of 2010. He will be teaching Contemporary American History, starting just before the Civil War, as he works towards his Type 9 certificate with an endorsement in History and hopefully Business. Previously, he worked in public relations and business development for a law firm in Chicago, but decided his passion was education. Prior to working in public relations and business development, Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Follow his blog at Musings on Apples and Education.
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