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Corrective Teaching Do Your Kids Misbehave?

Do you have to ask your child two or three times whenever you want something done? Do you argue with your child over 10 more minutes of play time? How about getting your child to clean his room? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your frustration is completely normal. Boys Town Pediatrics offers a disciplinary solution called Corrective Teaching. Corrective Teaching is an effective way to constructively respond to your child's misbehavior. You can use this method in many situations where you want to 'correct' your child's behavior. For example, when your kids do not follow instructions or when they argue with your decisions. Steps to Corrective Teaching:

Stop the problem behavior. - Ask your child to sit down or stop whatever activity he was doing and give you his full attention. Give a consequence. - Make a connection between what he does and what will be a result of his action. Such as taking away a privilege or adding chores. Describe what you want. - Be very clear and specific and have your child repeat back to you the positive behavior. Practice what you want. - Praise good behavior. Tell your child how the good behavior has a positive impact. Example: Thanks for getting started on your chores right away. The sooner you finish the dishes, the sooner you can play outside with your friends.

Corrective Teaching gives parents a plan of action when responding to a child's inappropriate behavior. Try practicing this on your own before you talk to your child. Make sure to include all four steps and you will see the constructive results of the Corrective Teaching method.

Teaching the slow learner: if your child is a slow learner in school, these suggestions may help.
A child can be considered an underachiever in school and can be grouped under a generalized classification much too easily. One child cannot be grouped with a group of underachievers and be placed under one certain classification and this happens much too often in our schools. A teacher needs to be able to be aware of very specific and very personal problems that can cause a child to be considered an underachiever or a slow learner. The confusion on this topic needs to be reduced in our schools. Some teachers are just too quick to identify and also to attempt to correct learning disabilities without the proper training or knowledge on the subject.

There are general categories into which most teachers will tend to group each child who is a slow learner. The classifications will be made according to the likeness of a child with each group. First, we need to realize that all children who are performing under their grade level are not necessarily underachievers. A lot of schools feel that all children should be exactly at the same level in each class and this is not true. Sometimes they will think that the children in this classification of slow learners are not capable of achieving at their chronological grade level. Sometimes, from the first grade on to other higher grades, a child just hasn't mastered the basic skills of learning. These children can get frustrated and even convince themselves that they cannot learn. In this instance teachers need to work with these students to teach the basic skills necessary for learning at the rate of normal student for his age. There are some children that have problems with language development. A lack of language development can cause a child to be a slow learner. It is of much importance to see if a child has grown in the art of language and reading achievement, if not teachers need to work with these students to bring up their language levels so that they can reach maximum achievement in their class. Some children have cultural disadvantages as they may come from homes where, for example, the parents are not speaking English and are speaking another language. They can be known as culturally disadvantaged as they do not have essentials necessary for learning. In this instance teachers need to work with the students so that they can achieve and not be doomed to a failed and frustrated attitude. If this is left undone, then as the years pass there will be more and more problems in learning coming from cultural disadvantages in the home. There may not be enough challenges in the particular classroom to hold some children's interest and they become bored and don't reach their potential. A lack of challenge can bring a child down to below the level of the classrooms. Teachers need to be on the alert for this type of classification of underachiever as they will need to provide work that will stimulate them. Other children may be of average capacity and be expected to achieve at a higher level of learning in the classroom. These children at times are incapable of achieving past a certain level for a child their age and this can lead to frustration and failure in the classroom. Teachers need to be aware of these children and not try to push too much on them in the way of learning in the classroom. Children sometimes can be considered and classified as reluctant learners as these children will make good grades on tests but cannot function daily in the atmosphere of the classroom. Sometimes these children will not be motivated to learn and teachers need to be able to draw out these children and just get them motivated. Remedial help is sometimes used to get them motivated and to learn to the level of the others in their grade level. Students needs to be identified that can profit from remedial and corrective teaching. Sometimes teachers will not provide this remedial and corrective teaching in their classroom and this needs to be changed. If professional judgment indicates that this special remedial and corrective teaching is necessary then a child should have this provide to help him.

If your kids are struggling with math problems at school, here are some ways you can help them master this important subject.
Sometimes parents are unable to help today's kids tackle math problems included in school homework assignments. It's not so much that math has changed, but approaches to teaching math are different now from those of previous years. If your kids are having trouble learning the math concepts they need for mastering a school subject like fractions, algebra, or geometry, here are suggestions for helping them find the assistance they need. 1. Observe your child. Does he take math homework seriously? Is he bringing home the assignments that will be due the next day? Does he study in a focused way or allow distractions like television or music to interfere with concentration? Is homework done routinely about the same time each evening? Are there health, attention, comfort/area, or social factors that may be impacting your child's study of math? Watch how he does a problem to see if all steps are followed correctly.

2. Listen to your child. Ask what the most troublesome aspects are and what the child thinks may help. Discuss classroom teaching of the concept and the teacher's willingness to answer questions or provide explanations. Find out how your child feels in general about school and in particular about math. Other possible factors may include his relationship with the teacher or perhaps being bullied for being a "brain" when he gets good grades in math. 3. Look at the math problems. Are they easy to understand? Can you solve them successfully? Is the process described in the workbook or textbook? Are there reference tools available for your child? Is too much homework being assigned for one night so that your child feels overwhelmed? Are the problems appropriate for your child's age and grade level? 4. Talk to the teacher. Get the instructor's perspective on your child's math progress and the source of potential comprehension problems. See if the two of you can work out a strategy to reinforce your child's math work. If the teacher won't work with you, make an appointment with the principal. 5. Ask about tutoring. Are parents allowed to help their kids with math difficulties? Does the school have a math tutor on staff or funding or special student needs? Perhaps the school guidance counselor or math teacher knows of a math tutoring software program or community resource that they can recommend for your son or daughter. 6. Find your own tutor. Sylvan Learning Centers and other educational companies can provide math tutoring for an hourly rate. Call to find out how they can help and what their rates are.

7. Check into remedial classes. Your child's school may offer a remedial math class for students struggling with certain concepts. If this is the case, your child may benefit from attending for part of the school year to get caught up. 8. Reward progress. When you child experiences a "breakthrough" in mastering the next level of difficulty or bringing home a high-scoring math assignment, be lavish with praise. Offer a reward. Share a treat. Small successes like this one should be celebrated to encourage continuation. Some kids may never learn to like math for its own sake, but they can learn to pass it in school. Help your child meet learning goals and attain functional levels of math comprehension by checking into the above tips.