Most teachers do not have patience with low achievers and tend to avoid them (Chetna)

How to help:

Following strategies can be tried-         

1. Where am I going? (standards-based learning target)

Provide a clear statement of the learning target

Use examples and models

2. Where am I now? (assessments inform me of my progress in mastering the target)

Offer regular descriptive feedback

Teach students to self-assess and set goals. The key to improvement is

how students and teachers use assessment information

3. How can I get there? (what I need to do in order to master the learning target)

Design focused lessons

Engage students in self-reflection; let them keep track of and share their learning.

Interventions to help:

Research about What Students in the GAP Need for Success-

• Skills/strategies/knowledge of content

• To be goal oriented-MOTIVATION

• To be strategy proficient

• Mentors and connections

• Intensive, explicit, ongoing instruction

• Comprehensive support

• Great content instruction

Close the Relationship Gap:

·Move toward a new advising model in which every teacher serves as an advisor

·Increase student connectedness to the institute through extracurricular activities

·Hire personnel from backgrounds similar to that of your students who can relate and provide direction to students - moral authority

·Focus on improving teaching by:

·Strengthening link between teaching and learning

·On-site professional development in content, pedagogy and rapport with students

·Bring groups of teachers together on regular basis to analyze student work.

Some facts cited by low achievers after interventions:

 “Helped me focus on what I needed”.

“This helped me to realize my weaknesses and help find a way to improve them.”

“I was scared to search for help, now [feel] better.”

“Now know advisors are here to help”.