I had a student cry today. She was discouraged, once again. This lovely lady has had her share of horrible experiences in her life; the worst being that she was hit by a car while walking across the street. She not only deals with physical pain constantly but also deals with memory loss and when you’re trying to learn a new language, that’s not a good thing.
How do i help her? I’m new at this…….. what do i know? We never covered this at Fanshawe College! So, I’ve tried a few things; first of all, I follow my instincts. I don’t call on her for answers out loud to save her embarrassment. I pair her with the brightest student in the class when we work in pairs. I sit beside her and help her through lessons when the others are doing seat work. I encourage her when she gives a right answer.
Will she ever be able to become the college graduate that she desires to be? I have my doubts but I’m not telling her that. She’s one of the bravest people i know. I will encourage her to do her best and be the person she can be. That’s just instinct, too…….. oh, the stuff they don’t teach you in class…..