How to Engage Underperforming Students

Read an article by edutopia on how by focusing tightly on instructional strategies and PD, educators at Cochrane Collegiate Academy saved their school from closure. In just three years, they have doubled student performance, and they continue to read higher.

The strategies they discussed in the article are all very doable and they make a lot of sense as underperforming students are fundamentally very different from the other students.

  1. Essential questions
  2. Activating strategies
  3. Relevant vocabulary
  4. Limited lecture
  5. Graphic organiser
  6. Student movement
  7. Higher order thinking question
  8. Summarize
  9. Rigorous
  10. Student centered

I’ll most likely be getting an underperforming class next year. These 10 tips will definitely come in handy and I’ll try them out to see how well they can help my students achieve.


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