Title

"Splinter Skills” Do Not Make Students Sharper! Meeting the Needs of Elementary Students with Chronic Illnesses and Absenteeism

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education; Professional Education Unit

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

Volume

72

Issue

2

First Page

57

Last Page

62