Have your child write “COPS” on a 3×5 card at the top of their paper.
Explain what each letter in the acronym stands for and walk through the process together with everything your child writes – even single sentences. Very quickly, most students will begin to apply COPS all on their own.
Even though they many continue to need some help locating or correcting their errors, you are no longer the bad guy. Just COPS – a process we do every time we write.
Here’s what COPS stands for:
O verall Appearance (Spacing; clean, clear, well-formed letters; mistakes erased completely)
S pelling (Have the student check spelling by starting with the last word in the sentence or paragraph. This takes the words out of context. The student should check to see if the word “sounds right” and “looks right.”
Parent’s Tell Us:
Here’s what one parent said after learning about COPS…
I wanted to let you know your suggestion of COPS was a smashing success! After the first time I showed him, he wrote it on a paper himself (although he couldn’t remember exactly what each word stood for) and said, “Mom, I have to do my COPS!!!” He was so happy and proud of himself!
Thanks for that little nugget! Hugs! V
What is Really going on When a Smart Child is Struggling in School?
When smart children or teens struggle in school or have to work harder and longer than they should in order to keep up or make the grade, it is almost always because there are one or more areas of underlying processing/learning skills that are not supporting them well enough.
Accommodations at school or through traditional tutoring may help students to get by, but just coping with a problem for a long period of time is not comfortable and is not the answer.
These underlying processing/learning skills can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through specific brain training.
With the right kind of help, children and adults with learning challenges can work to their potential, comfortably and independently.
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