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ERIC Number: ED001594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 228
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MEETING THE NEEDS OF LOW ACHIEVERS.
SLATER, JEAN; AND OTHERS
THE LOW ACHIEVER FREQUENTLY POSSESSES A MEAGER BACKGROUND WITH RESPECT TO EXPERIENCES THAT NOURISH ACHIEVEMENT IN SCHOOL. WHILE SCHOOL SUCCESS IS NOT RESTRICTED TO ANY ONE SOCIAL OR ECONOMIC GROUP, LARGE GROUPS OF LOW ACHIEVERS ARE USUALLY FOUND IN LOW ECONOMIC, DENSELY POPULATED AREAS OF THE CITY WHICH CONTAIN A MIXTURE OF MINORITY AND ETHNIC GROUPS WITH DIVERSE VALUES. CLASSES OF LOW ACHIEVERS INCLUDE WIDE AGE RANGES, AND PUPILS ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. MANY CHILDREN NEED GUIDANCE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF GOOD HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL HABITS. LOW ACHIEVERS HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF PHYSICAL DEFECTS THAN DO OTHER PUPILS, AND ALSO MANIFEST EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL INSTABILITY IN THEIR EVERYDAY BEHAVIOR PATTERNS. DESPITE THESE RATHER NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS, LOW ACHIEVERS CAN AND DO LEARN. THEY UNDERSTAND CONCRETE AND FACTUAL MATERIAL MORE READILY, HOWEVER, THAN ABSTRACT GENERALIZATIONS SINCE THEIR I.Q. RANGE IS USUALLY FROM 95 TO 90. IT IS THE GOAL OF THE TEACHER OF LOW ACHIEVERS TO CONVEY TO THE PUPILS HIS CONFIDENCE THAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE ACADEMICALLY AND THAT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WORTHWHILE. OTHER TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE ESTABLISHING AN ATTRACTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT, LEARNING AS MUCH ABOUT PUPILS' HOME BACKGROUNDS AS POSSIBLE, BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE COMMUNITY, SETTING REALISTIC PROGRAM GOALS, SECURING MATERIALS WITH APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF SIMPLICITY, MAKING USE OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES, AND HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. CURRICULUM GUIDES IN READING, LANGUAGE ARTS, SOCIAL STUDIES, ARITHMETIC, AND SCIENCE ARE PRESENTED TO HELP THE TEACHER IN PLANNING AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM. INCLUDED IN THE GUIDES ARE GOALS OF DIFFERENT SUBJECT AREA PROGRAMS, ORGANIZATIONAL SUGGESTIONS, SAMPLE UNITS, LEARNING AIDS, AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES.
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Authoring Institution: Cincinnati Public Schools, OH.
Identifiers: Ohio (Cincinnati)