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What school structures can be put in place to support struggling students?
“Since I began teaching, I have always been searching for different ways to support struggling students. One of the frustrations that I hear from teachers regarding struggling students is that they do not have enough time to work with individual students. While I do agree that there are often not enough hours in the day to work with each individual student, I would disagree with this being a limitation on how we can support students. We (Brooke, Caroline and I) made this work, within the school day twice a week, for forty-five minutes. Two days before we presented this information at our staff meeting, there was a presentation made where it was stated: “Our model, as it stands, pretty much guarantees 33% of our kids will be in summer school.”
Teachers pose a variety of definitions for what constitutes a great project. For some, what makes a project truly authentic is a final product to be exhibited outside the school community. Others believe that the true learning and growth happen in the process of the project and the final product is unnecessary. Our thoughts on this have varied over the years. “