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TITLE OF THE EXPERIENCE
When the union is not enough
NAME AND SURNAME OF THE TEACHER
Antonio Castell Alcalá
SUBJECTS TAUGHT
mathematics
YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
4 years
TYPE OF SCHOOL
Hight School
COUNTRY
Spain
THEMATIC AREA
Students with learning difficulties
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXPERIENCE
This story happened in 2010 at a school in Granada.
The main actors involved were the Education Team of the school, led by the tutor, the student, parents thereof and the Director of Studies.
The student in question was in Third ESO (obligatory secondary education). The student had repeated before the first cycle of this stage. However, he had not passed any of the relevant materials to Second and First ESO (obligatory secondary education). For this reason, the student had hung upon another year subjects (which surprised me, since at that time had very little experience and did not understand how you could give this situation). He also had an educational aid classes at school. The boy, to be overwhelmed by so many subjects (about 30) and seeing that they were impossible to beat, want to drop out the school.
From the results seen in Testimonials and commented on it in the same, the tutor spoke alone with the student for know why he wanted to drop out school and had that carelessness towards the subjects. Subsequently, the tutor met the Education Team to discuss it and try to give a solution.
It was agreed that each teacher would talk to the guy, privately, to find out what had difficulties in each subject. After this conversation they wanted to adapt him each subject as possible according to their interests and capabilities, in addition to Head Study with parents, the tutor and the student met to convince you not to drop out this school and she tried. Also try the Educational Team be coordinated, the team would work together so that the situation would improve student.
The main problem was how to motivate a student who has watched for years has failed every subject, despite adaptations, has not been overcome, and that it had long since turned sixteen thought to dropping out.
Another problem was to coordinate all areas, as they were too.
As for the support I received was more of teachers than their classmates. Teachers praised their small achievements. Fellow student mocked.
Finally the boy failed to complete successfully the subjects, but that some approved (First year). No longer knew what happened to him over the next school year: whether or not followed.
Regarding the strengths of experience, highlighting the union and the effort carried out by the Educational Team for the same purpose. But as weakness, perhaps not meeting the target, which was not that exceeded those dozens of subjects, but at least one full course

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Date: 2014.05.29

Posted by Chis Simona, "Alexandru cel Bun" High School, Botosani, matilda_pd@yahoo.com (Romania)

Message: It can be very frustrating for students and teachers also to see that their efforts bring little success or none. Sometimes we have to accept that not all kids graduate school at the same age. It can take some time for them to realize the importance of studies, so they return in school when they are more mature. There exists a possibility that the fault lies somewhere else, perhaps a vocational school would suit them better, but when we find out, it’s usually too late. It happens that right now I teach 3 of my ex students who dropped school at the age of 16, got married or / and got a job, and now attend evening classes.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.