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How can you help Lee in the content areas?


How can I help Lee in Math?

Lee is hesitant in Math. He will work on one problem for a long time until he is sure it is perfect. Sometimes, he will have the correct answer, and still erase it and start again. When the teacher asks him if he understands the assignment, he always says yes. Most days when he turns in his assignments, they are barely half done. When asked about the incomplete homework, he often tears up and says he didn't have time, and that he'll try harder next time. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical Math classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Lee challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Lee's strengths in this setting?
4) As Lee's Math teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Lee's success?

How can I help Lee in Science?

Lee is quite hesitant in Science class. He works hard to keep organized notes from the lectures, but often, ends up drawing anatomically correct pictures on his notepaper, or pictures of the current topic. Any time he is asked a question, he immediately responds that he doesn't know, and frames every response to a classmate or the teacher as "well, I don't think this is right, but...". Chris is able to do his own homework, but he does not complete it on time. He typically does not finish tests in the allotted time. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical Science classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Lee challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Lee's strengths in this setting?
4) As Lee's Science teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Lee's success?

How can I help Lee in Social Studies?

Lee enjoys social studies classes but is often confused by "who is who" and the details of history. He often doodles pictures of how he imagines a place, a war, an historical figure. Lee can do his own homework but rarely turns in completed homework. Like several of his other classes, Lee is behind and performs poorly on tests. He does not socialize during work time in class but appears to be studying. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical Social Studies classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Lee challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Lee's strengths in this setting?
4) As Lee's Social Studies teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Lee's success?

How can I help Lee in Reading?

Lee has been placed in a test preparation class in which students are given particular attention in reading skills and state standardized test preparation. The students learn a skill and then work out of a state issued book to practice the skill, usually by reading a passage and answering questions. Lee often appears to be working, but often, he is drawing elements from the reading passage. When he is confronted about not working, he usually gets teary eyed and apologizes. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical remedial reading classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Lee challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Lee's strengths in this setting?
4) As Lee's Health teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Lee's success?