Comments-Final task

1. Suggest 5 tips for low achievers?

·       Put in more effort

·       Meet and interact with seniors and teachers more often

·       Practice the skills that u are lacking (Chretna).

·       Keep a watch on attendence and inform parents regularly( In fact asoftware is available which sends SMS to parents if student is absent from class on a daily basis) (Sanjay).

·       Proper time management (Aroma)

·       The most important point to deal with these students is that you should be  very sensitive to what they say. If at anytime that feel you are helping them because they are low achievers they will withdraw form the discussion(Hem).

2. Suggest 5 tips for teachers to help low achievers in routine teaching?

·       Do not underestimate them. Each has a potential that can be nurtured

·       Use simple language, simple uncomplicated teaching methods

·       Do not be too sympathetic nor too disdainful towards them, treat them firmly (Chetna)

·       Pamper them on small achievements (Sanjay)

·       Sometimes, as teachers, we must learn to gently discourage the impulsive speakers and tell them to wait for their turn to talk (Monika)Very sorry to say that I find the SMS idea a little funny Think of it this way: how do you think a parent wd respond to an sms that your ward has been absent today. Which may have been sent as part of your programmed software without knowing the reason for the absence...even if the reason was acceptable such as an illness..............esp. for children of parents living far off, you may end up giving extra stress to the parents for petty reasons.(You may programme your software for a regular absence or a prolonged absence or a serious reason...but how will the computer do it?) Secondly, how do you think regular SMSs wd influence a students performance or attendance...remember we are dealing with adult students not school kids, you should expect unexpected responses from them. There has to be a gentler way of doing it. We don't plan to be detectives sending information to parents back home. Rather than a computerised software, we need to have a humane approach to the issue of parent involvement, where teachers-esp. mentors are given the responsibility of deciding what information MUST go home, and I don't expect each teacher to be doing it, because you may know the true story only about students close to you, which may not be many (Monika).


3. Suggest a policy by an institution for low achievers (one paragraph only)?

·       Identify, counsel and assess. The institution can work upon a system where these students can be "adopted" by a pair of teachers and seniors and see them through the entire period. Those who are really misfits or out place may be counseled (with parents' consent) to change their path. Seek alternatives, rather than be stressed out and be on various medicines...More than 4 trials (Attempts) in exams should not be allowed since experience shows that the longer  and more frequently they fail, the worse their performance gets. Who knows they may drop out and do something more worthwhile and of their interest and caliber! (Chetna)

·       All the students who are regular failures should be selected and given special attention by the teachers in the form of tests, counseling, motivational seminars . In case they are really good at Non scholastic abilities a consideration may be given (Sanjay)

·       A better way of doing this would be to reform our teaching methods to be helpful collectively for all the students. The recognized low achievers may be given extra tips in or out of class with the other students. Most of the times the ‘better’ students mentally recognize these low achievers and are actually responsible for further demoralizing them. We need to find ways to circumvent such situations and create situations where mutual support and collective working is essential. This may help the underachievers take the benefit of the skills and understanding of the high ranking groups and help the better group learn skills of better communication and tolerance. Introducing group discussions with mixed groups and appropriate distribution of topics, wisely done by the moderators can help in improvement of the low achievers.(Monika)

·       Decreasing no. of lectures-I am not sure in our Indian setup that is really going to help (Hem).


4. Anything else you want to share, about this month's topic?

·       Stress management should be a part of the curriculum, so also interpersonal and other skills. There should be provision for recreation and unwinding too. Teachers and the management should be a part of this (Chetna).