Even though the group that I teach is struggling to cope with basic reading and spoken english (most of them show signs of dyslexia) I see in them a drive to do much more!
Academic impact and progress
Though I have spent only 4 months with the kids, I see a lot of improvement on how they conduct themselves
– Increased enthusiasm : they try a lot harder to learn and pack in as much as they can in the class
– Better grasping power: The class surprised me by their pace with which they learnt the poem ‘Bubbles’ and the pronunciation of dolch words in a very short span of time
– Need encouragement and patience : I did get an opportunity to tutor Manisha, Ganesh, Karan from Susan’s batch and I must say in a few classes that we had, all 3 of them were very enthusiastic to read and learn! I found them to be really bright! Ganesh was initially rebelling since he was very shy to read as his pronunciations are not right (he does show signs of being dyslexic) however with little patience and encouragement from my end he decided to focus.. on his own he took the effort and started making a note of words which he could not pronounce correctly.. he started writing the English pronunciation of these words in Marathi and got a little better at reading short sentences .. now some might not agree with his approach since ideally we want them to read using phonics.. however I still prefer to see this as a sign of his enthusiasm in finding ways by which he can learn, improve and get better with the language.
– Overall Observation: I have noticed that they are happier, pay more attention and respond much better when we treat them as equals rather than students