Challenge Students Academically
This rule is about curriculum. If a student is not academically challenged, they may become bored and off-task. Once a student is off-task, you have a management problem. All students want to feel that they are a part of the class. This includes students who have straight As and students who are close to dropping out.
Make sure that when you write your curriculum you allow for students to do extra work for a small amount of points. This extra work is for the students who finish early. The extra work can be AP level. High school and middle school students who felt that the regular assignment was too easy may feel challenged by the extra work.
Do not assume that students who have many Fs on assignments are dumb. You are grading students based upon learning the material, not on their intelligence. There are a number of reasons why students may get low grades, and rebelling is high on the list. These students might not have the self-confidence to do the academically challenging assignments. You must believe in these students and not give up on them when they tackle academically challenging assignments. When they rise to your level of rigor, they will build self-confidence because they knew it was tough and they succeeded.
Lesson Plans Inc. strives to create great curriculum. We incorporate multiple learning styles in our lesson plans. While it is hard for every lesson to meet the needs of every student, as a teacher you can meet their needs by incorporating multiple lessons with different modalities.
* Disclaimer: Before implementing any ideas from this website, please first consult your principal to make sure they are in compliance with state laws, district and school procedures.