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  1. just-n-educator

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    I am so tired :eek: of 2 students in my class who are slower then turtles...what I mean is something that should or does take an average student 20-30 minutes to do, it take these 2 students over 2 hours I am really not exaggerating:tired:. Its not that these children are not smart these are 2 very bright students who just work slow. The parents of these students are just as worried, because the homework which again in about 10-15 minutes long it takes them over an hour. Please just tell me what I can do to help these children work faster.
     
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    What have you tried already?
     
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    One of the student's mom suggested to have someone that works faster sit next to her and keep telling her to hurry up. She said, this works with her at home. I also tried putting on the timer for them and telling them they needed to be done before the timer went off.
     
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    Is there anything that motivates them?

    Can they work quickly when they want to or do they really just need more time?

    I often use a 'love and logic' approach with slow students (who are slow b/c of choice, not just b/c they have a learning disability of some kind): "It's okay if you don't finish now. Some students need a little more time with the teacher. Don't worry though, I'll have time to help you at recess."
     
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    I'm not sure because under no situation have I had them finish their work on time. No matter what subject, time or day...everything is just slow!
     
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    Maybe try breaking work down into smaller parts and having them race the clock? "I'll give everyone three minutes to complete #4"??
     
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    Kids who finish on time get ________ whatever you decide. I have to do this with a couple of my Preschool kids, not with their work so much as getting ready to go outside. We've started to leave them behind and man do they ever move fast when they see us go out the door. I suppose you can't use candy treats, but there are special stamps or small toys? Have you tried putting them by themselves, away from others or does that make it worse? I find that "hurry up" doesn't work in any situation.
    How about telling them that since they are soooooooo slooooooow, they will have to start their work earlier while others are engaged in something fun? THink of what makes them tick and dangle it before their eyes. If they don't speed up, someone else will get the "prize."
     
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    The two of them really like to go outside to play...but when I leave them in the class, they still don't do the work any faster. I am telling you this out of real frustration, you all might think I am nuts!!!!!!!! But the problem is that the poor parents are just as if not more then me because of how slow they work at home.
     
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    It may sound harsh, but you could try letting them know that they have x amount of time to complete a project, and if they don't they have two options: 1) finish it during recess, or 2) take it home as homework. If it's not finished, they can turn it in for partial credit or not turn it in and get a zero on the assignment. Let them know that you know they can finish it in the the time allotted.

    I find that when I put a time limit on students (some more than others) it really increases their efficiency! :p Anyway, if they don't finish it on time, but are capable of doing so, it's basically out of your hands. They can learn and/or pay the consequences. You can only make so many accommodations.
     
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    I agree with you MsVee. Let them suffer the consequences.
     
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    I'm just curious as to what they are doing when the should be working. Are they zoning, playing with something at their desk, just sitting there? It is so frustrating when this happens.
     
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    Can you really punish them if they are actually working the whole time. If they are goofing off, that's one thing, but if they are working and have a slower thought process, that's another.
    To me it's like gym when the slowest kid in the class finishes running laps long after everyone is done. The kid is already embarrassed, and the teacher trying to rush them doesn't help because they just can't run any faster.
     
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    I'm thinking the same thing Cheeryteacher. I remember subbing several days in the same classroom and one girl did hardly anything at all. She had a folder of unfinished work and was adding to it. All the prodding in the world wouldn't help. Keeping in for recess did no good either, plus we can't do that more than 2 days a week.

    Then, we did something with the different types of forests and made a paper chain with drawings of animals in the appropriate forests. She was the second one done. It was unreal! Something about the chain, the cutting, the coloring, and the animals just all clicked.
     
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    M&Ms Gumballs Recess

    Have a candy jar, if you can have candy, put some M&Ms in it. Or Candy Kisses. Anybody who gets done before the timer goes off gets one or two pieces of candy from the candy jar.

    Or a gumball from the gumball machine. Buy at the Dollar Store for a couple dollars.

    Take the work outside for recess and they have to run around the play ground once and work on their work on the sidewalk with their backs to the children playing.
     
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    A chart worked for a student once.
    If she wasn't the last one done, she received a sticker.
    I was thrilled if I could get her to not be the last even once a day :p
    Since you have 2 students, this may not work.

    Parents enforced by earning stickers to receive rewards at home.
    They started very small but with an immediate response so that the child could feel good.
    1 sticker = chewed gum
    2 stickers = dessert first
    4 stickers = sit in dad's chair for supper
    7= movie
    11= sleep over
    16 = new toy
    22= hotel night

    We even included getting dressed for recess, walking in from recess, goinf to the bathroom as a class, you name it; she was ALWAYS last. After a month, she was earning a sticker with about half the projects. After a few months, One problem did arrise as some of her friends started slowing down just to help her. I think the smarty bribed them. :woot:
     
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    I did this but also added anyone done on time with their name/number on their work. It worked like a charm.
     
  18. just-n-educator

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    Let me answer some of your responses...they seem like they are working but they look zoned out!!! As if they are thinking about something else. I am going to try the sticker technique...this might get them motivated.
     
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    I would hook them up with the counselor. She/he can help the kids come up with some strategies, maybe decide what the priorities are in finishing the work, help them distinguish between a regular, daily assignment's standards and long-term project standards. Every assignment doesn't have to be perfection, that type of idea. I wouldn't want to stress them out more because it sounds like the kind of kid who is totally stressed about being perfect that would work this slowly. The counselor can pull them out and has more time to work with them and help them take ownership of the problem and possible solutions.:2cents:
     
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    Could it be a processing disorder? So it takes them longer to finish work.
     
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    I'm wondering the same thing Jaimemarie. If these students just work slowly, but they are working, should everyone else be rewarded and not them? I would want them run through some kind of doctor's assessment for disorders, especially if the parents see the same problems at home.
     

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