Before you call that child a slow learner, dyslexic, stubborn, unintelligent or whatever tag you have at the back of your tongue, have you checked your teaching methods?
Have you checked and updated your knowledge of child psychology, child development, classroom management or even your subject content?
Have you taken time to really study that child: to know his likes, strengths, fears and dislikes? Do you know what makes him happy? Or did you not know your concern should go beyond cognitive development? Did you not know that his affective and psychomotor domains affect his ability to understand and retain this information you so need him to remember?
I hope I did not lose you when I mentioned affective and psychomotor. I hope you know what they mean and their relevance in education.
My dear teacher,
Have you identified that child’s learning style? What materials and techniques have you used to drive home this learning? Or did you solely rely on your explanation: hoping that at the end of a 45 minutes ‘lecture’ and note writing, this child would miraculously get you?
Oh dear teacher, put away the labels ”stubborn, dyslexic, slow learner, unintelligent, special”.
Every child can learn. This child will learn if only you look within yourself and see that the solution is in your hands. Step out of your comfort zone and be ready to learn. For to teach is to first learn.
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