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Teaching strategy for slow learners

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From: Hubert Williamson <Hawk1857@Yahoo.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Feb 26, 2001 at 20:44:45
Subject: Teaching strategy for slow learners

As a long term substitute teacher working on teacher certification, I
recently inherited three groups (total of about 90 students) of 6th grade
math students who are classified as slow learners.  The students have not
had a regular teacher since October of last year. Discipline is low in 2 of
the classes and almost nonexistent in the other.  I have 11 weeks until the
end of the school year. Several of the students have a grade average for the
semester (two week left in this semester) below 40.  75+% of the students
have a failing grade at present.  Performance reports of the students, that I
received today (my second day with the classes) indicate that I have nine
students with math skill at about 2nd grade level. 80% of the student are
performing below 6th grade level, but one student is operating at an 11th
grade level.

What strategies can I use that will allow me to save as many of these student
as possible with only 11 weeks left?

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