Discuss what the student below should do. A particular student is a good one, but due to new environment she falls down on her grades.  Though she is capable, teachers don't give attention towards her and she she now doubts her own capabilities.

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In a new environment, the natural thing for most people to do is wait and watch for the lay of the land, meaning watch how things work in this place especially if they are different from the old place.  This observation time can be misinterpreted to mean disinterest.  What you...

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In a new environment, the natural thing for most people to do is wait and watch for the lay of the land, meaning watch how things work in this place especially if they are different from the old place.  This observation time can be misinterpreted to mean disinterest.  What you need to do is make sure your homework is done so that you can ask questions.  Often students came into my room to seek out help as soon as they got to school in the morning or arranged with me to be there  early the next morning for help.  The key that I see in your question is that this person is waiting for the teacher to make a move to help.  Yes, the teacher may want to do that, but in a crowded classroom, may not always get to all the students who ask for help.  If this person is waiting, but not asking, the teacher doesn't know how much the person doesn't understand.  Step up, be responsible for what you need to learn, and ASK for help.  I know that can be difficult, but it is what is needed.

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First of all, a new student should not panic.  A change in environments often results in adjustment.  You cannot expect to be successful just because you were before.  You might need to work harder, or focus in a different way.  The best thing to do is go to the teachers and ask what you need to work on.

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First and foremost, this student needs to bring her concerns to her teacher's attention. The teacher cannot know everything that is going on with the student's life, but once he/she knows what is going on with the student, he or she should make an effort to work with the student to improve grades. Has the student asked the teacher for extra tutoring outside of class? Many times, one-on-one attention with the teacher is not available (because of class sizes) unless there is some time spend outside of school hours to focus on the lessons needed.

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I think that all people need a period of adjustment when coming into a new environment. One thing that the student should remember is that they are a good student. Sometimes changes impact people more than they think and it takes a little bit to get back into the "swing of things." During this period of adjustment, students need to reflect on what the problems were and how to keep them from happening again.

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If the original problem was a lack of teacher attention, then surely extra teacher attention is the remedy.  Teachers and others will need to pay attention to the student and, in particular, to remind her that she has done well before.  They should help her see why her grades have dropped and should emphasize to her that the drop is due to circumstances, not to her abilities.

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I think that there are some challenges in this situation.  Like all solutions in education, I think that there has to be some level of action from all parties involved.  At some level, the student has to take a strong and pensive look inward.  I think that she has to remind herself or be reminded that she is capable of academic success.  At some point in her life, she demonstrated academic success.  While the context has changed, the past has not.  She has to go back, or receive help in going back, to identify what she did then that demonstrated success and see if those elements can be brought into her current context.

Whenever there is a doubt in a student's capabilities, some level of outside intervention or counsel is needed.  Someone needs to enter and advise the student, pulling them aside, to move them past their demons of doubt.  This might be where parents/ guardians have to get involved on a private level, in terms of speaking with her so that she is reminded of her own academic success and what patterns defined them.  She might also need some level of reminder that this is a different situation and it is acceptable to recognize the challenge within it.  Yet, this does not preclude her from finding success for it has been found before.  From a teacher's point of view, part of the element of modern teaching involves something called Response to Intervention (RTI.)  RTI essentially states that when a teacher recognizes something wrong, they have to come up with ways or some type of plan that will enable the student to be successful.  It forces teachers to pay attention to students who struggle, but do so in a quick manner.  The teachers that "don't pay attention to her" are in violation of this spirit.  They need to be reminded by the student or the parents that something needs to be done, and fast, in order to get the student on the right path.  All three parties- teachers, student, parents/ guardians- will be needed to help the student, no different than any other educational challenge.

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