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Student with "careless" mistakes

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From: Ron (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 06, 2001 at 20:49:40
Subject: Re: Student with "careless" mistakes

Hi Gail: Has this student been tested for learning disabilities? I once taught a Grade 10 student who did very well on tests, but rarely participated in class. Two years later she was again in my class and as the material got progressively more difficult (senior year in high school), her marks started slipping and careless errors abounded. After numerous one-on-one discussions (under the guise of math help), she admitted that she had a learning disability and had a tutor for the past 5 years who helped her "compensate". The tutor was a specialist in learning disorders. We provided her with more time to complete tests and exams and her work greatly improved. She (and her parents) did not want to tell the school since they were worried about being labeled. In your situation have you tried concrete materials (manipulatives such as algebra tiles), have you allowed the student to use a calculator (or does he have to show every step), has the teacher provided more time to complete a test? Perhaps more frequent shorter tutoring sessions will help. Is the teacher expecting you to do all the extra teaching and not offering extra help? Sorry for replying to your question with more questions but I can only "guess" as to the cause of the student's problem. Hope these questions help. Cheers. -Ron, for the T2T service

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