Students who are learning at a slower rate than their peers frequently have low-self esteem. They see what they are meant to do and it overwhelms them.
I have a goal folder for each of these students and set them five achievable weekly goals, monthly goals, and long term goals. As they reach each goal you can tick it off or affix a sticker or goal achieved flag to it (depending on their age).
It helps them to see how the incremental steps build up to the achievement of bigger goals, and to realise they are making progress. It also ensures they are learning in a structured and sequential way.
I bought a goal folder pack from The SuperHERO Teacher on teacherspayteachers, and have adapted the idea in a variety of ways to suit students of different ages and needs. It takes a bit of time to set up initially, but once you have set goals according to your curriculum it makes a quick, visual and assessable document for you and your students.
Hope that provides some help.
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I am a student in West Virginia. With me being a student and knowing how kids act, I think I can help. With you being a Science teacher with the 7th grade, I would make more labs and activities, than book work and worksheets. Kids that age like to get up and move. Not sit in a desk all day! That should help a lot.!
You could have all of your students log the work they have completed in a simple graphic organizer or work log you create (title of assignment for week/day, date, etc.). You can collect samples of their work, have them keep a science journal (where they keep notes, drawings, brain maps, experiment logs, etc.).
I love this. Thank you!
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