- Cast a wide net. Don’t just alert your students who are already failing. Work with the “D” students as well.
- Don’t let parents say, “No one ever told me my child could fail.” Write a letter to parents laying out your concerns. Invite them to work with you on creating an action plan for their child.
- Make a list of everything the student needs to do. List missed assignments and tests. If attendance has been a problem, include that as something for the student to work on.
- Let parents know about upcoming big projects. If you have a final project or paper in your class, be sure parents know what’s expected—and the due date for turning it in.
- Help the student set achievable goals. Failing students can feel overwhelmed. Give them a schedule of what they need to do, and by when.
- Keep accurate records. Have the student and the student’s parents sign copies of your agreed-on action plan.
As you look through your grade book, you can probably already pick out students who are in danger of failing. Now is the time to put in place a process to get these students back on track. Here are some ways teachers can help students before they end up failing at the end of the year: