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I have 1 or 2 students that lag behind the others, what can I do?
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Motivation is an eternal topic discussed by teachers around the world; that "one or two students holding the class back" sounds very familiar. I usually bring in different tasks for students of differing ability  and let them work at their own speed. However, if it's test time, I set a time limit.
In my opinion, it's not those that lag behind that matter so much, it is the one(s) who are way ahead of the others that you'd better worry about. If they are bored during your lessons, they may lose motivation and slacken. Keeping them motivated while solving all the usual problems is a real challenge.

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