Teachers from Collège Sainte-Anne share their winning strategies to support their so-called “weak third” students, without lowering their expectations of others. Today, we are discovering a strategy based on valuing the weakest students.
by Jean Desjardins and Isabelle Senécal, Collège Sainte-Anne
Here we are at the last post in this series. "How to restore confidence to the pupils of the weak third?" It is put to the test during their school career! », This is the question brought up by Michel Twigg, director of 5e secondary school at Collège Sainte-Anne.
Research on the subject indicates that a student's success is influenced by the perception he has of his competence and his motivation. However, our reinforcement mechanisms (galas, special mentions, reward activities, etc.) continue to primarily value successful students. Mr. Twigg therefore proposes various changes to our school culture in order to engage more learners of the weak third.
The principles of the strategy:
- Recognition of the attitudes, procedures and progress of the student. Underline his strengths and his contributions to his teams, he who is more used to seeing a lot of red ink on his work ...
- The student sets a personal performance goal, realistic, to which the teacher associates a gratuity (for example, an email sent to the student and his parents).
- Thanks for the questions and the rephrasing of their words to show them importance. In doing so, we want to enhance the disposition to ask questions.
- Publish class or school life projects (eg on the web).
- Review the reward activities so that they also allow you to recognize the attitudes you want to encourage (such as attitudes related to cooperation).