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TEACHER'S CONCERN: How can teachers successfully challenge their students but still remain within the limits of their frustration range?
- Provide many different opportunities for students to cope with gradual doses of mild frustration and increased difficulty.
- Plan activities that ensure more success than failure for students (e.g., independent projects of their own choosing).
- Respond to the student's frustration by reducing or changing performance demands (e.g., reinforce partially correct responses, shorten assignments, etc.).
- Organize complex tasks into separate parts, and then present the material in a logical sequential order for completion.
- Make every effort to give positive feedback to students who have successfully completed their assignments.
- Personalize academic instruction for those students who need additional help in alleviating some of their frustrations.
- Try to anticipate when the student will become frustrated, and then change the activity accordingly.
- Allow the student to work at his/her own pace.
- Help the student to develop a positive self-image.
- Refer the student to the appropriate school personnel if the problem persists.