"Splinter Skills” Do Not Make Students Sharper! Meeting the Needs of Elementary Students with Chronic Illnesses and Absenteeism
Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education; Professional Education Unit
Among the diverse needs that educators must meet are those of students who face the
challenge of chronic illness or considerable absence. This article considers the physical, psychological, and social-emotional issues that accompany excessive absence among elementary students and that impact their learning. The authors advocate collaboration among classroom teachers, instructional support team members, parents, the student who is ill, and the other students in the class. Specific suggestions for teachers, parents, and students clarify concerns such as making up work, accessing additional resources for teaching and learning, using technology, and facilitating understanding and belonging.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin
Filce, H. G.
(2012). "Splinter Skills” Do Not Make Students Sharper! Meeting the Needs of Elementary Students with Chronic Illnesses and Absenteeism. The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 72(2), 57-62.
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