Alternative Learning Plan – Bryce Hedstrom

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  1. I hope this alternative plan does not come across as overly harsh. I want to be compassionate towards my students, but I sadly recognize that sometimes I have to deal with kids that are determined to act like knuckleheads.
    I have only had to implement this one time. I have shown it to 4 or 5 kids over the years, but only one took me up on it and he ran it all the way until he was out of the class.
    TPRS is such a personal method, we need kids to be with us heart and soul for it to work.

  2. ….TPRS is such a personal method, we need kids to be with us heart and soul for it to work…..
    This is the reason I have finally decided to “offer” this plan to two of my rough 8th pd. French 1 juniors. The other kids are being prevented from learning because of those two kids, because they are intimidated, which is the MO of bullies. They can’t get to me, but they can get to the ones who are younger than them, most kids are 9th and 10th graders, in the class. It is precisely this thought, Bryce, that requires me to lower the boom on these two kids.

  3. I have a student whose behavior is ruining the learning in that class. I want to utilize this plan, but have some questions. The parent conference is coming up and I have talked to the parent MANY times on the phone already. The student causes problems in many other classes, and in the past, so I’m not the anomaly.
    My questions:
    1 workbook page per day = D – Do you grade accuracy? Because a workpage page will be HARD for this kid. But, if it’s wrong, how I can let a kid fill in wrong info. the whole year and pass the class? Also, do you give them a textbook to use in the room, to help complete each workbook page? We have old workbooks, so I can just allow the student to actually write in one and keep it in the room. If the student owes one per day, do you check it each day and enter it as a “modified” communication rubric grade? I want one per day, not 180 on the last day of school.
    For a C I can’t expect a level 1 kid to read 3 pages of anything a day, unless I had MANY super easy readers, which I don’t. I have a few easy ones, but don’t use them until next semester, and they wouldn’t last nearly long enough (too short). So, I could modify this alternative and give a quota of points to earn on each Friday drilling structures/vocab. Easy enough for me. Not necessarily easy for them, if they need to earn 15,000 points a week or so.
    For a B, I have not yet had any level 1 kids write, and plan not to until the end of the year or even level 2. I did just make a “vocab list” of our structures thus far and could have the student use the list to write a 50-100 word story using those words once a week. I just question if that is realistic in level 1? Will I just receive non-sensical jumbled words? Thoughts? I could make copies of our class stories and have the student translate them, but I am NOT doing extra work because they don’t want to follow the rules.
    I really don’t think anyone should earn an A when they are not practicing speaking, because they themselves have refused to follow the rules in class. Furthermore, I can’t think of any other alternative assignment to earn an A.
    Critique my alternative assignments to Bruce’s above. Is it okay that I don’t offer an A possibility?
    For how long do you assign this plan (what duration?)? Do you give the kid an opportunity to rejoin the class (it sounds like yes)? If so, how? After how long? 3 weeks? More? Less?
    Thanks! 🙂

  4. Hi Leah,
    I used this plan 2 years ago with 3 students. I basically used it as a framework and modified it to fit my situation. I don’t recall the exact modifications, but I don’t think it matters. The point is to give clear assignments and benchmarks for the student to achieve without adding to your workload. I also left out the A for the reason you describe.
    For the reading / writing I would definitely use class stories, even old ones from previous years. Can you just use a textbook / workbook and assign different amounts to complete? That online thing you describe sounds good. If you are not doing writing with your regular class I don’t think I would make this student write.
    I think you can decide how long. Make it a contract for sure, though. I think I did it for 2 weeks. Sorry kinda vague, but that is what I remember 🙂

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