This blog post is part of a series of posts following an A-Z theme, as adapted from the A to Z April Challenge.
C is for Challenging
Challenging students who constantly challenge you!
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want this to be a long, winded complaint.
Having dealt with a variety of challenging students (and I’m sure others have had it much worse), I am curious to know about strategies that others have used that work with these students.
I have had challenging behaviour students – those who want to argue every instruction, direction, suggestion, consequence and every piece of advice. (I did teach 11-12 year olds for a long time!)
I have had academically challenging students – those who are so far behind in their learning that they’ve already given up. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, those who are so far ahead that catering for their needs within activities that the rest of the students are doing is impossible. (In the eyes of parents, anyway. More on this when we reach letter ‘G’) See my post A is for Advanced.
I currently teach a student who refuses to do anything in the classroom, cannot sit himself down, cannot work independently, cannot begin work on his own. He has fallen so far behind and he can see this and constantly compares himself to the other students. His confidence is so low that he won’t even attempt anything for fear of failure. He cannot deal with looking “stupid” or different to the other students.
I know that challenging students are what make a school and really, they are the reason why we teach – to be able to reach these students, to make a difference in their lives.
But are we making a difference? Are we reaching these students?
Have you experienced behaviour or academically challenging students? Do you have a separate program for them in your classroom? How do you make it ‘work’ for them?