In my classes I have often had children who struggle with school work for a variety of reasons. Sitting at a table with pencil/pen and paper often leads to frustration as they struggle to read and understand what is in front of them – and battle to write down a response to the question. Often these children have accepted that they “will not get it”, or that they will have their paper returned to them filled with red marks.
My aim with children who struggle is to help them enjoy the activity – and to believe that they can do it! Often this requires personal attention, focus on only a few writing errors, and daily encouragement. Day by day, week by week, month by month, I have seen a shift in their belief in themselves. I have seen dependent children begin to work independently; I have watched students begin to believe in what they can do; I have observed boys and girls slowly learning a skill they have struggled with.
What a thrill it is to see growing self confidence, a mastered skill, a desire to improve and continue learning. Oh, how I love teaching children to learn how to fly!
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: fly)
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