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Some intervention strategies for failing students

It is believed that every child has the potential to learn and become an extraordinary student if he is given a favorable learning environment. Review of existing literature indicates that most of the research has been done to identify the obstacles in learning and not a lot has been done on how to overcome these obstacles.

I came across a term paper that was written on the intervention strategies that can be implemented to increase performance of students who are failing. The paper explained why intervention strategies are essential for students who are failing or underachieving. Here is a brief summary of facts presented in the paper:

Basically, intervention is the process of providing methodical and precise instruction to hasten growth in an area of clearly identified need. For any intervention plan to be efficient, the programs designed should be based on clearly defined aims and objectives, and the program needs to be supervised and assessed constantly. Aims and goals of the intervention plan should be defined before the plan is designed.

A recent article says that many teachers are worried about the limited resources in schools, for struggling students and those with diverse learning needs. Nowadays, Response to Intervention or RTI is a popular model being used in schools to provide intervention for students who are failing. There are varying views regarding the performance of this tool. Some of the educators seem to consider RTI either a smashing success while others consider it as a haphazard flop. It has the potential to help students to make progress, but a key concept for learning is not addressed.  In RTI, deficient cognitive functions are not identified and left un-mediated. Until this issue of addressing the underlying causes of the inability to learn is addressed, the learner will again require intervention.  When interventions are provided, teachers need to be able to identify failing student’s individual needs and plan appropriately. Teachers must begin identifying students’ deficient cognitive functions and mediating to remedy immediately.

Some strategies that can be helpful in intervention and can help to increase student performance are as under:

  • Good leadership
  • Parental guidance and involvement
  • Students need analysis
  • Building capacity and skills in the students

Good intervention strategies are said to decrease failure rates. Thus, if the students are given additional opportunities to master concepts, it will be helpful in raising their performance levels.