There are many chicken and egg stories in education, as in which came first, the chicken or the egg. One of them we are confronting at MES is, do behaviors cause academic problems or do academic deficiencies cause students to misbehave (usually to hide those deficiencies.) Using the work of Dr. Ross Greene, the staff of MES is beginning to use the ALSUP, the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems. What the ALSUP helps to identify is where a child’s skills do not match what is being asked of him/her. According to Greene, it’s those lagging skills that cause behavior problems. By being able to identify the lagging skills, teachers and students can work together to develop a plan to improve the identified skill(s), one at a time. As behavioral skills improve, so too do academic skills. Individualizing how we respond to students who are struggling helps us to better support them academically.
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