It's just another day...........
Sixth and seventh graders
Eighth and ninth graders
Tenth and eleventh graders
The students who need a little extra from me
There are a few students who need a lot more than most other students. In third grade there is a possibly dyslexic student. I am no doctor but I find it fishy that he writes everything backwards. I wrote him “Bb” Which he wrote as a Bd (but more wonky than this typed version). He writes at a pace a tenth of other students and his writing is little more than illegible. I decided to give him handwritten alphabet practice worksheets. I basically take one of his pages and write
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee
then I make him rewrite them for practice. He was still have trouble copying cold turkey so I added dotted line versions of the letters for practice too. He loved the dotted lines and requested more. It’s always weird to me when students here beg for work. If I say I am about to leave the classroom they will shout until I agree to give them one or two more vocabulary words. It’s a real trend here — they don’t like to do the work but they will still ask for it.
In the fourth grade classroom I also have a student with different needs. I don’t know what his story is but everyone just says “he is still learning letters”. By that they mean they are still learning Sinhalese letters so I wasn’t sure if he was ready for the English alphabet too. I decided to give him some letters to practice writing anyway.
Finally, I have another special child in the 6th and 7th grade class. She is in 6th grade and had a terrible time keeping up with the rest of the class. At first I thought she was punking me or just not paying attention. With time I realized she was paying attention but it just takes a while for her to register things. I usually have the English on the poster then I go through and translate them so students can write the translation down. Since she needs her own pace, I just put the translations on the posters as well so she can move without the rest of the class. I like it - I wanted to be able to move everyone at the same pace so I had some control over the class but this isn’t that large of a sacrifice and if it helps that girl it is fine with me.
Hi! I'm Samalya. When I'm not running about cramming for school I sit on my laptop and (attempt to) make a curriculum to improve spoken English in rural Sri Lanka!