Post your response to the following: After reading Can You Help Me with This Student? on pp. 156-157, how could you, as Juan’s teacher, provide him emotional and instructional support?
Consider the following before responding: Have you ever experienced a lack of success despite how much effort you put into succeeding? Do you think you would have benefited from receiving emotional support during the ordeal? Do you remember seeking comfort or help?
Juan's teacher can provide him emotional support by talking to him, with his parents present, and letting him know he isn't alone, while reassuring him that some students face the same obstacles he is having but can overcome them with hard work and dedication. I feel expressing to him that you will be there to help him every step of the way will help him gain confidence to overcome the obstacles he is facing and let him know he can depend on a teacher for help, now and in the future.
I believe such words of encouragement will reassure Juan that he can count on with the assistance of other people, including his family and his teachers. The teacher can provide instructional support by giving Juan's parents guidance on how to help him at home. Building a strong foundation of trust will help Juan succeed and give him confidence.
Also, something that isn’t frequently mentioned is that the teacher can also listen to suggestions Juan’s parents might have. After all, the best results can occur when there is active participation from the home and the school at the same time. It shouldn’t only be the teacher’s responsibility to help Juan; Juan’s parents can and should be asked to offer suggestions on how to be of assistance to their child.
Post your response to the following: After reading Can You Help Me with This Student? on p. 222, why do you think Ms. Hodges is apprehensive about Ernest being in her classroom? Which educational practices that she is already...