intervene - v. - to involve oneself in a situation so as to alter or hinder an action or development
After administering screenings, teachers identify individuals/groups for specific help before academic struggles begin to compound.
Interventions can be brief and simple or more prolonged depending upon the nature of the problem. What teachers, parents, and students need to remember is that nothing is impossible, we just don't know how to do it yet!
Your mindset is the key ingredient when approaching problems. In a recent book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck writes about how differing attitudes affect the way that people view both themselves and their interactions with others. She presents two fundamental mindsets that people use: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
A person with a fixed mindset believes that ability is more or less fixed and cannot be improved. People in this group view talent as inherent...you either have it or you don't. Challenging situations are viewed in a negative light.
The person with a growth mindset believes all things can be improved through hard work and persistence. A person with a growth mindset rises to, and readily accepts, challenges. Failure is not viewed as an end result but a beginning point for attacking the problem in a different way...a learning experience!
Applying this to the classroom, adults can encourage students that progress is attainable given the right approach. Teachers providing timely and data-driven instruction, parents enforcing school behavior and learning goals, and students taking positive steps towards owning their learning. What a unifying and positive message!