Struggling Students: Helping Every Child Reach Their Full Potential
When you think of struggling students, what comes to mind? Of course the kids with learning disabilities or issues at home, but what about the kids who have endless amounts of academic ability, but aren’t given the means or challenge to apply it. In a recent NPR article, these types of struggling students are looked into.
Smart kids have issues in school, too
Many people don’t believe that struggling students can be academically gifted–this is very wrong. Many struggling students are actually incredibly talented and academically gifted, but aren’t interested or have different learning styles that have never been assessed or explained. This causes many children to not work as hard as they could, to not reach as high as they could, and to not become as successful as they could. According to a new study, there are actually a fair amount of these students around.
So, what can we do? Well, first of all, there should be more options for identifying and teaching to different learning styles. That often cannot be found in public schools–even in traditional private schools it’s rare. This should change. There should be better assessment tests for whether a child is ready to move forward emotionally, academically, and socially. These are all incredibly important components for making a student’s learning experience the most beneficial.
Many gifted students struggle because they’re simply bored. They’re not challenged and no one is offering them help. Because they think school is so easy, they try to find stimulation elsewhere, sometimes leading to acting out or turning to bad groups.
Some gifted struggling students excel greatly in one area, but have issues in other areas, and because of that they get placed into lower level courses. Overall, there’s a huge need for a deeper understanding of what challenges struggling students face–only then will we be able to begin making changes nationwide.
There are options
If your child is one of these struggling students, you’re not alone. Many families face this same issue and there are options available. Many therapeutic schools and programs work hard to find each child’s individual learning style in order to help them achieve the success they deserve.
Elevations RTC helps struggling students
Elevations RTC is a leading residential treatment center for teens, ages 13 to 18, grappling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, teenage vaping, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our struggling students succeed and move towards a brighter future.
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