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  1. cheer

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    I am a first grade teacher and I am having trouble getting one little boy to finish all of his work in a timely matter. He does struggle to focus and is very young minded. My question is this, when do you you say enough and mark him for what he has? I need to document that this is happening so I have another argument for his retention.(if it comes down to that) so what is a significant time frame? He does miss some recess every day to try and complete his work. I have sent work home but unfotuatly during assessments I can't do this. The poor guy just cant handle the work.
     
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    For our special education population we allow time and a half. So, if the assessment is supposed to take 20 minutes, he would have 30 minutes (time plus half extra time). Another thing to consider is differentiation. Maybe he needs to have access to easier material that suits him. Can he do a similar assignment but with less choices or lower material?
     
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    I have that problem, but it is with one of my GT kids. If I don't sit with him, he gets maybe a word or two down. If i sit right next to him, a sentence or two. Everyone else is finished, he gets recess to do it, make up work time throughout the week, send things home...

    But it kills me to give S- or N grades when he has sooooooooooooooo much going on up there, but he just can't get any of it out!
     
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    I would first observe and decide if he is really trying. If from the time the class begins the assignment to the end of time if he is focused and trying I would give him less work to do. If he is messing around or distracted I would give him a timer to help him get focused with the information of how long he has and whether he has any give time after the time I set. I would then if he really focuses with the help of the timer once again cut the amount of work. If he is just messing around I would make him do all the work at recess, if it is not done in one recess then the next, if still not done then the next or choice time till he gets it done. I have found that usually cures them. Another thing I have done with kids who goof off and then when the forewarning is presented get finished really quickly is double their assignment, it also cures the children.
     
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    I would also eliminate some of his written assignments. Our intervention specialist works in my classroom, and one of the first things that we try is to eliminate some of the unnecessary work (I know, we like to think all of it is important, but rank it in terms of what is MOST important... whatever is on the bottom goes). So a handwriting sheet? Get rid of it... take a handwriting grade on some true writing he finishes.

    Right now, we have a behavior plan for one of my students that wasn't finishing anything. I focused on the two things he was having the most trouble with: writing and word work. Each day he has the opportunity to earn a cotton ball for completing each. He is rewarded with computer time for each one.

    Start small!
     
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    I definitely agree with this! And keep documenting!
     
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    Thank you all for your advice. I will begin a behavior plan tomorrow. I am not sure why I did not think of that. (seeing I already have one student on a behavior plan) Thanks again.
     
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    Also, if you have not asked the parents how is at home and ask the K teacher how he did last year, do so now. Let the parents know your concerns well before the end of the year.
     
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    I did speak to the teacher last year and she said he was a concern. He was not low enough to hold back in K (besides the school doesnt like to do that) so I am trying my best to help him along but not too sure if he is still too immature to handle the work load. He has been diagnosed with ADD and parents do NOT want to medicate. I am not sure if all he needs is another year to mature. The parents are absolutely thrilled with his progress and so am I but he has a long way to go. He does cry and get upset with homework. AHHH I worry about him alot. He is such a wonderful kid and a joy to have in class. I wish he didnt have to struggle.
     

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