Assisting Struggling Students

There are few professions where the practitioners are more dedicated than in teaching, and those who work with the most challenged students are among the best. They know it would be easier to educate those without learning difficulties, but they have taken on the struggle as their own personal challenge. Their work to educate those who find learning a nearly impossible task can be very rewarding, but they often work as hard as their pupils to achieve the educational goals set forth by their school district.

One of the many challenges with teaching students who struggle is finding ways to help them absorb the information, and many of them look for unique ways to relate the subject matter to their charges. Rather than teaching them that adding one and three will equal four, they must find objects for their students to use as a focus. If the student likes pie and cake, they might ask them to add one pie to three cakes to tell them how many sweets they have. In this manner, they teach the complex lesson of addition on a level the student can grasp because they can relate to it.

Finding unique ways to teach students has long been part of the profession of teaching, but those who teach the ones who struggle the most continue to find new ways to relate concepts. In the process, they stretch and redefine their own abilities. Many of them also share what they have learned with other educators, and some of them will consult colleagues for assistance.

These educators know that not every student they attempt to teach will be able to learn, but they cherish each goal reached. For them, it is more about giving each of their students an opportunity instead of simply giving them a grade.