One of the workshops that I took at the K-8 Summit this month was “Helping Students with Learning Differences have a Smooth Transition from Middle School to High School.” The following skill sets and tools were identified by high school teachers as being important for students to have as they enter high school.
Of these, the six most important are good study habits, self-discipline, a willingness to engage, self-advocacy, asking for help, and time management. A willingness to engage, self-advocacy, and asking for help all indicate the need for the student to see the teacher when he/she does not understand the material, has a bad grade on a test, and/or needs assistance with concepts being taught. The presenter said that students with learning disabilities need to know their learning differences and how they learn best. They need to advocate for themselves, not depend on an adult (parent or resource teacher) to do it for them.