Human Development and Learning

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Empirical research asserts that there are various factors that tremendously put learners at risk (Crandell, 2008). In some cases, the factors may be triggered by biological factors and environmental factors. Therefore, there are numerous tactics that can be used by teachers in order to reduce the occurrence of certain behaviors in the classroom. In the scenario presented, the student demonstrates a variety of risky behaviors. Firstly, he is a sixteen-year-old tenth grader who sleeps in class frequently. Secondly, he defaces textbooks and desks in the classroom. Thirdly, he blatantly refuses to answer questions in the classroom. In addition, the student also exhibits poor oral reading skills and reads at a sixth-grade level. Another risk factor is the fact that the student is not social since. he does not have many friends. There are several factors that may have attributed to these problems. According to the details presented, the student is exposed to several risk factors that are portrayed by the behaviors presented. First, the issue of sleeping in class is a serious risk factor to the student. In this case, the student may be sleeping in class because he is probably tired since he works after school. The other reason why he may be sleeping in class is because he does not care or comprehend what is being taught in the classroom. To help the student with this issue, I can assign him various tasks around the classroom. For example, I can involve the student in taking the attendance of the class daily. This can substantially cut down on the sleeping issue. I can also assign him with various tasks that are aimed at improving his concentration in the classroom. The other risk behavior that puts the student into risk is vandalizing of textbooks and desks in the classroom. According to the scenario given, the student is seemingly destructive in nature. He might be doing this in order to get attention or, he does not understand the content of the book. Furthermore, he may be destroying the desks and books due to the fact that he feels dumb. Further analysis also asserts that the student does not answer direct questions in the classroom. He may be doing this because he is probably embarrassed to answer the questions asked wrongly. This fear and embarrassment are the main factors that are restraining Jane from active participation in the classroom. Therefore, as a teacher I can use the student as an active classroom helper hence keeping him away from such misdeeds. I can also notify him that I will be asking him a question. Through this, he will have plenty of time to think about the correct answer. The student also has difficulties in his oral and reading skills. This cannot be identified as a direct behavior. However, the fact that the student has difficulties in his reading and oral skills points out that he may be under a lot of aggravation. In order to help the student with this issue, I am going to assign him with a textbook that enables him cover some reading material. In addition, I can also assign a helper to the student in order for him to improve his reading skills. I can also help him to start a vocabulary book in order to improve his understanding in oral skills. In conclusion, the student is not socially active. He does not mingle with his fellow peers and has unusually few friends. This is not a