Halstrom Blog Post
Three Popular Myths about Motivating Struggling Students
When students struggle, we want to help them get back on the path as quickly as possible. In order to help them effectively, however, we must first debunk three popular myths.
Myth: Students Who Struggle Must Have Learning Disorders
While we freely acknowledge that learning disorders do affect a significant minority of students, we assert that not every struggle is the result of an official condition.
Before taking drastic steps, check to see if there could be a lesser cause for your child's issues. Things like personality conflicts, uneven sleep schedules, vision problems, or minor classroom issues can throw roadblocks in students' paths.
Myth: Students Struggle Because They Are Behind
Even students working on grade level occasionally struggle with new subject matter. Even if the concepts themselves aren't too difficult, students might still struggle because they believe in their hearts that they're just not "good at" certain subjects and that no matter how hard they try, they'll just never "get it."
In order for such student to learn effectively, they must first develop the growth mindset, a pattern of thinking that encourages them to develop to their full potential.
Myth: Students Struggle Because the Work Is Difficult
While this is sometimes the case, problems also crop up when the work is too easy. Easy work leads to bored students, and bored students don't stay engaged. When students aren't engaged, learning can't take place.
From the outside looking in, of course, it's not always easy to identify precisely where the problem lies.
That's where we come in.
The Halstrom Difference
Here at Halstrom Academy, we're aware that struggling students are individuals with specific needs.
To meet those needs, we maintain a 1:1 ratio between students and teachers. Through individualized instruction, we're able to help each student effectively. Halstrom measures learning through a content mastery approach which means your student must prove their understanding of each lesson before moving on. Students must master every lesson at 80% or better before moving on to the next. During class, expert instructors re-teach any material that needs extra attention and only move on to the next lesson when the student is ready.
If you would like to hear more about our school, or if you'd like to discuss your child's particular needs, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving you.