Student who can't read well enough to do the work

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  1. lnewbigging

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    I don't know what to do with this student, she is not reading at grade level, she is reading at beginning gr.1 as far as I can tell, and so she can't do the work because she can't read what she needs to do. For example, reading a sentence with a blank and filling in the correct word from a list of two or three choices, she cannot read the choices, let alone the sentence! I can't sit there and read each one to her, I have 18 other students, what would you do? :help:
     
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    Do you have any "good" readers who you could partner up with her to read her the questions and words from the word list? She could choose the right one and circle it, then print it on the line. I do that with some of my students who can't read - I read the question, then I tell them to listen while I read the choices and when they hear the right one, they should circle it.

    I know, it's tough when there are non-readers in class - so much depends on being able to read.
     
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    Pairing her up is a great idea. Also, maybe for now you need to differeniate her work. She may need other phonics papers that meet her needs better.
     
  5. Rabbitt

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    Modify.
    Make her sentences at her reading level.
    Can you get her a simple 1st grade phonics book? Or even an easier 2nd grade.
     
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    I know that's what I had to do with a few of mine. We sat in "pods" of 4, so I would try to have 2 of my better readers with my lower readers at each pod!!! Also you may want to read through the words quickly as a class, so that they can all hear & then work it out on their own as well.
     
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    I think pairing her up is a wonderful idea. Then, other students will be willing to help her too. It creates a really cozy and helpful environment. Just do not let her become dependent on other students helping her read!!
     
  8. lnewbigging

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I will try that, but like the last poster said, I don't want her to become dependant on help, but I also don't want her to feel defeated so close to the beginning of the year.
     
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    I know for mine sometimes if the student just read the choices before going through the paper either as a class if it's like a vocab box or have the neighbor read them through it worked. The kids had some independence without being to dependent on the others. I hope that makes sense.
     
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    I have a couple like the one you have and like the other posters said about pairing up that is what I have done. But, I feel like a couple of them have started to depend on the partner. So now I told the partner not to give them the answer and to just read the problem to them. It is working a little better till that gets old :)! Fact of our LIVES!
     
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    Pairing her up with a "good" reader is a bad idea. It might make your job easier, but it will not actually teach her to read. It will teach her that other people can do it for her and that other people can give her answers. A year from now she will be in 3rd grade and will not be reading. This will also take away from the "good" reader's learning time. He should be challenged at his level, not doing your teaching job.

    Do you have a reading teacher in your school that can take her out of your class for some time and teach her to read? Can you send her to a 1st grade classroom for their reading time? Are there any other kids that are reading on her level in other 2nd grade classes in your school? Can you cooperate with the other teachers so that one of you can teach these kids lower level reading while the other ones teach the other kids what they need?
     
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    I have SIX of these students in my class! I have each one of them sitting beside someone who can read for them. The only thing is, the readers sometimes get tired of reading for them, especially when they have early finisher activities that they want to get to. I'm trying to figure it out as well. Good luck!
     
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    as a first year grade 2 teacher it is nice to know that I am not alone in this. It makes me feel better knowing that this is more common than not.
    ;)
     
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    You are definitely not alone! :)
     
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    I am having this same problem with one of my students. Wheneer it's time for classwork, he sits there with his thumb in his mouth. When I come over and ask why heisn't working, he complains and says "I can't read it!" He gets very frustrated and starts crying.

    When I got there (Sept. 24) he was siting alone per his mom's request. This week I told her that t wasn't a good idea b/c he's just been sitting there doing nothing. So to encourage him, I put him in a group with a student that LOVES to help. SO far it seems okay but from what I've been told I need to put him on a different series than the one we have been using (Harcourt). We have no reading tutor for my grade level so on top of everything else I have to go find a Fountas and Pinnell book which I here works wonders but arescarce in my building....sorry I had to vent, I'm so stressed :(
     
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    Off topic here, but for the thumb sucking, I suggest you ask him to wash his hands each time you catch it. You tell him it is for germ protection (better words) but really having to get up and wash hands every time they suck their thumb gets old and the behavior really does diminish without ever having to belittle them.
     
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    Hey thanks that's a good idea!
     
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    Be careful making accommodations w/out an IEP...some changes are okay, but major changes will send parents a skewed picture of this child's progress. Make sure you mark the report card to indicate that the curriculum has been modified.

    Do you have a reading specialist or even an instructional assistant who can work with her? Are the parents aware of the difficulties she faces? It sounds like a conference is in order.
     
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    Partner he up with someone

    Refer her for some remediation?

    Offer alternate ways for her to show what she understands.
     
  20. ashley57

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    do you read all non-"reading" activities to her (math, science, etc.)?

    2nd grade is a big transition- children go from learning to read to reading to learn. So many aren't ready, but I don't want their other grades suffering because of it (county-wide rule). I read anything that is not a READING grade- I don't want to test reading on a math, science, or social studies test. Most of my reading work is differentiated through small groups and whatnot..
     
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    I don't understand why children aren't held back when they haven't passed the class. These are life skills that the children need to learn so they can function later on. Sure the child might feel bad about himself temporarily in having to redo a grade, but she will thank you later. Thank you for allowing me to rant and rave at the system. hehe! Insist that she be sent back to 1st grade for her own good. It will actually be an achievable goal for her to catch up to where the 1st graders are now.
     
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    I have a group of 4 like this (and have had that for the last several years) I DO read the pages to the kids and all tests I get the cd for the textbook (which you can get if it is on the students IEP) so i dont have to read that.
     
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    Just one note. During test time, make sure she does the whole test by herself in the areas of reading, etc. If she is performing below grade level, her grades should reflect it. Science, Social Studies, and Math are fine to accomodate.
     

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