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Mr. Ray Chang was enjoying his first year of teaching. He had a class of 20 second graders. Most were progressing well. As he completed his mid-year report cards, he stopped to reflect on individual students.

"Hmmm. Emma is struggling in Math, but she produced that excellent science project this past unit. Sam excels in all areas—I may need to ask Ms. Monroe about good books to steer his way. He's already read everything in my limited library. Angelina is such a joy to have in class—but I must say my waistline isn't helped by those cookies she brings in every month." Mr. Chang patted his stomach as he continued down the list.

"Ah. Benjamin. My most puzzling student. He doesn't seem to be keeping up with his peers. He has trouble following directions and completing assignments, and daydreaming seems to interfere with his work on a daily basis. He also makes many off topic comments during class discussions."

Mr. Chang knew that Benjamin's parents were aware of these concerns and were also worried. He wondered what he could do to help.

Reflections:

  1. How can you relate to Mr. Chang's situation?
  2. What strengths and weaknesses do the students you observe/interact with have?

 


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