Not every school is the ideal fit for every student. That's why so many parents, especially nowadays where there are so many educational options outside of the public school system, compare the curriculum and environments of schools before sending their child. They want to make sure their child is going to reach their full potential in a manner that meets their learning style. So how can a parent tell if the school might not be the right situation for a student?
1. Behavioral Problems
Behavior problems in school can range from bullying to lashing out during class to back talking the teacher to any behaviors that disrupt the class. If the child is disruptive or a bully, it isn't always a sign the student is a "bad" child. The pupil may be bored or struggling. Sometimes, the solution to the negative behaviors isn't discipline. The student may need a learning environment that caters to a different learning modality. Not every student learns well just listening to a teacher verbally review information. For some students, it's hard to focus when the student isn't interactive with the lesson. On the other hand, the pupil may need a school where there's more time for one-on-one with a teacher. If the student is struggling to grasp the information and is scared to request help, the pupil may lash out with negative behaviors. When a teacher has too many students and can't give each one enough time with her or him, the student may not be getting all the information. A school with smaller class sizes allows the teacher to focus more on each student to ensure each child succeeds.
2. Losing Interest in Learning
A student who gets the information and concepts easily and completes work quickly may have plenty of time in school to sit and feel bored. The teacher may give the student extra busy work to complete during wait times, but that isn't always enough for each student. The student may become a behavior problem or may lose interest in school and learning. Punishment isn't going to work in this situation; in fact, it may only make matters worse. Instead, it might be time to find a school that allows a student to work at his or her own pace like a Montessori school does. A Montessori school also offers more opportunities for students to interact with the material, which benefits those who learn easily and quickly and those who don't learn the way a traditional school is designed.
3. Poor Grades
A student who has poor grades isn't necessarily unintelligent. Sometimes, it's because the student learns differently, needs more interaction with a teacher or feels understimulated or overstimulated. Changing schools can improve a student's performance greatly.
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