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How can we help the weakest catch up?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:49 pm    Post subject: How can we help the weakest catch up? Reply with quote

More and more teachers are getting on board with the rationale expressed here via the Tabula Rasa blog
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"For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath."


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https://tabularasaeducation.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/weakestcatchup/

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How can we help the weakest catch up?

Posted on April 9, 2016

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“So let me get this straight: we’re behind the rest of our class and we’re going to catch up to them by going slower than they are?”
- Bart Simpson

Our instinct is often to assume that a kid with a reading age of 7 couldn’t possibly be asked to sit and read a Dickens chapter in class for an hour. So rather than cruelly forcing them to do so, we might perhaps choose to watch a film clip and draw a storyboard instead. On the surface, this seems entirely legitimate and reasonable. After all, pupils cannot be expected to run before they can walk. But this is where I think we have been going wrong with the weakest pupils for a long time. Our good and caring intentions have unwittingly lowered the bar for the pupils who struggle the most. By reducing the expectations we have of their behaviour and output in lessons, we limit them from ever being able to achieve the best possible outcomes. Weak pupils will simply never catch up if they are rarely exposed to truly challenging tasks and aren’t pushed to meet the demands of an academically rigorous curriculum.


The weakest pupils need more focus, more rigour and more practice if they are to stand any chance of catching up with their peers.



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