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how can i help my son pass second grade

I have a 8yr.old son in the 2nd grade and the school is saying that they might hold him back, he knows how to do all the work but his teacher is saying that he doesnt put forth any effort. can anyone help me figure out a way or give me a reason why he might be doing this.
In Topics: Working with my child's teacher(s), Learning issues and special needs, Motivation and achievement at school
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LouiseSattler
Feb 16, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

First, please try and loop in to your meetings the School Counselor and School Psychologist. They may be able to provide to you insight to help your son.

Also, children who are bright sometimes need motivation that is external to the classroom situation to help them complete work. Such as a behavior chart which marks off how many days he completed his work with reasonable expectations. AFter a few days he can receive a special privilege, such as staying up an hour later on the weekends or going to a favorite park with friends and family.  Like adults, children sometimes need to be rewarded for their efforts.  

Lastly, try and bring some multimedia in to his work. So, if he asked to do math problems perhaps he will enjoy doing them with fun pens or different colored markers.  Maybe he will like to use hands on activities to augment his assignment, such as cooking to learn about fractions.


Here are some websites that may be helpful in addition to what you have available on Education.com

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/homework_charts.htm

http://www.lynnekenney.com/

Good Luck!!

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LouiseSattler
Feb 16, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

First, please try and loop in to your meetings the School Counselor and School Psychologist. They may be able to provide to you insight to help your son.

Also, children who are bright sometimes need motivation that is external to the classroom situation to help them complete work. Such as a behavior chart which marks off how many days he completed his work with reasonable expectations. AFter a few days he can receive a special privilege, such as staying up an hour later on the weekends or going to a favorite park with friends and family.  Like adults, children sometimes need to be rewarded for their efforts.  

Lastly, try and bring some multimedia in to his work. So, if he asked to do math problems perhaps he will enjoy doing them with fun pens or different colored markers.  Maybe he will like to use hands on activities to augment his assignment, such as cooking to learn about fractions.


Here are some websites that may be helpful in addition to what you have available on Education.com

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/homework_charts.htm

http://www.lynnekenney.com/

Good Luck!!

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monique23
monique23 writes:
Does your son have a learning disability?? how do you know that he knows how to do the work? The reason I ask is beacuse I have a daughter who is now 15 and she was diagnosed with adhd and a learning disability when she was 7 years old, and I still have the same problem. Because like your son when she wants to she can do her work without any problems but staying focused is a huge problem for her. Have they offered any kind of testing to see if he qualifies for additional support to help him?
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