Spacey student

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  1. MissK2015

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    Hi All!

    I am teaching second grade. I have a student who is one year younger than everyone else. He is super spacey and is getting behind on his work because he is so spacey. He is also not getting content. He is one of those students that needs to pay attention because he is low. Any advice? I do try to make learning fun and we do hands on activities but sometimes we do need to do lessons where he needs to just do his work or just to listen to the lesson/directions. Constant reminders may have him rely too much on me when he has to learn to refocus on his own. I talked to parents but it doesn't seem to help. Any advice is appreciated.
     
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    Proximity and frequent check ins seem to be most useful for these students.

    I find it's helpful to put them right up front, and also to stand next to them as I talk. Don't do it all the time, because it shouldn't be obvious, but it's harder to ignore someone when they're standing right next to you.

    Instead of verbal reminders, a tap on the student's paper is often reminder enough to keep working. You can also use the questions "what can I help you with?" or "how can I help you get started?" instead of "do you have any questions?". The latter elicits a "no" almost always, while the two former questions make the student think for a moment.
     
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    This is exactly what I do. I completely agree with this advice.
     
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    If he’s one year younger, could it be that second grade isn’t the correct placement for him?
     
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    I would suggest that you allow this student to sit in a wiggle seat. Start a behavior intervention plan for this particular student such as an "Attend-Reward" System. Have the student attend and work/focus for a certain amount of time (maybe start with 2 mins). For the reward, maybe add an extra minutes of recess or maybe an M&M. You would want to increase the "attention" time as needed to improve the kids attentiveness.
    Possibly provide a time where you can work closely with the student individually on assignments and work.
    You may want to discuss the matter with the Intervention Specialist.
    Remember: Constantly review and reteach with the student. Come up with a signal that can be used to redirect.
    Possibly adapt your lessons to incorporate additional movement and more small group support. implementation of Centers may be beneficial for the flexibly to work with the students who are having difficulty and differentiate.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    I don't get to make the decision on that. :( . Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    I wouldn't mind doing this but how do you do this with out other students realizing that he is getting "special attention?" Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    I am not sure that I 100% percent agree with the article below in all situations, but I read it recently and it does make a lot of sense. It's titled "How To Avoid Labeling Difficult Students". Check it out: https://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2018/09/01/how-to-avoid-labeling-difficult-students/
     
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    The "Attend-Reward" system is supposed to be instant positive feedback (for increasingly longer times of good behavior). I use this in my class and it works very well.
    To address your concerns, you could either keep a post-it note and tally each time the student paid attention and gave the rewards at the end of activity. You can also make a class wide system out of it, but it is more designed for individual students.
    I have not really considered the angle of the other students noticing the special attention, as my students have never had a problem with this. I would say, for your situation, to maintain the individualization of this system......the best option would be the tallies. You would have to come up with a gesture or something of that sort. If you do have any further questions, do ask and I will reply.
     
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    Thank you so much for your help!
     
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    your welcome. If you do decide to use the system, would love to know the outcome/results.
     

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