Maximizing Every Student's Potential

Instructor: Jennifer Carnevale

Jennifer has a dual master's in English literature/teaching and is currently a high school English teacher. She teaches college classes on the side.

Everybody is different, especially when it comes to learning new information. If this is true, how do we reach all students in our classrooms? Read this lesson for information about maximizing every student's potential by meeting students where they are.

Can All Students Learn?

The simple answer--of course they can! Every student has the potential to learn, grow, and become a successful member of society. The real question then becomes, how do we get them there? Every student has a set of strengths and weaknesses that will affect his or her ability to learn and the level at which they learn. It becomes the teacher's job to find this potential and run with it.

Read this lesson to learn more about maximizing every student's potential in the classroom by meeting them where they are.

Meet Them Where They Are

We want all of our students to be able to succeed and function at the highest learning level possible, and expectations should undoubtedly be set for every student that enters our classroom. However, the reality of the expectations and outcomes will look different for every student.

Take Anthony, for example. Anthony has severe ADHD and struggles to remain seated during English class, but Anthony has a loving personality, cares for his classmates, and truly does try to complete his work. A class period for Anthony looks quite different compared to the other students. He needs multiple breaks, at least one bathroom break to take a walk, and he may only complete part of what is asked of him. But if Anthony completes that one part, especially after a lunch period or at the end of the day, that time spent on learning, while short, is an accomplishment.

Anthony struggles to complete work in class because of the distractions but succeeds after school with one-on-one help.
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Not everyone is a math wiz and not everyone is skilled at high level literature analysis. Therefore, we need to meet our students where they are. What are each student's strengths and weaknesses, and how can we fill in the gaps of those weaknesses?

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