How To Teach Slow Learners
If you are a teacher and your class has few slow learners, then this article will guide you as to how to teach them.
First of all, you should know the term “Slow Learner”. Slow learners are those pupils who learn at a slow pace.
Classes are full of students with differing potential and abilities; it is not possible to teach them all at the same pace.
I would like to recommend that you conduct a short test in the beginning of school sessions. When school re-opens for new academic year, we should conduct a small test, without informing the purpose to parents and pupils.
For this, we need to create papers to discover the pupils’ basic knowledge. For different subjects, different tests are necessary; for math, there are basic skills, and language requires other skills. In a nutshell, different subjects require different basic skills.
Once we have produced the exam, we need to check it carefully; we should confirm that it achieves our aim.
After taking the test, we can analyze our students’ basic knowledge.
Now, we have the clear picture of our pupils, and the time comes for their instruction. As we teachers always run short of time, what we can do for them is to teach either in separate groups, or conduct separate learning sessions. We teachers can divide work among ourselves for teaching slow learners.
We can call their parents and make them aware of what their children are lacking. We can conduct separate counseling sessions for those parents.
Another option is to teach them with the other children, utilizing due care. Since we know which students are grasping slowly, we can move around in the classroom and guide them separately. Sometimes, we can have them sit with other, more proficient students. In this way, the slow learner will not feel isolated and they can learn together with other children, and teachers’ time and effort will be preserved.
Teachers should always take care not to discourage their students. The teacher will always encourage slow learners, and observe whether they have taken notes.
Teachers should never address pupils as slow learners, because our goal is to bring them to the level of average students, not to discourage them.
As teachers, we must find their strength, where they can achieve satisfaction. Because we know a child is poor in math, he/she may be great in languages or sports. Organize different activities for slow learners and give them an opportunity to participate. Let them show their talents. This will create love for school in their minds.
I can truly say that we feel happier after teaching such children. Never forget, many scientists, artists, and athletes were slow learners in their school life; that is the reason why today, we offer more than one grade to all subjects. This formative evaluation gives justice to pupils of different categories; equal importance is allocated to all subjects, like arts, sports, music, math, science, social science, etc .
Teachers should have patients teach them. Teachers should have patients to see how they learn, they should wait for children’s response. They have to be mentally ready to teach them again and again. They should consider such children as their own. They should not discourage them by discouraging words.
They should remain inspiring them, their inspiration will give strength to them to fight with their difficulties. When they do mistakes, find out why they are not able to understand the concepts, go to their level, teach right from basics. Here teachers’ dedication and patients are required.
Teachers, don’t give up, keep trying, a day will come when all of your students will be able to cope up with new curriculums. Teach with a smile, remember a problem is not a problem if it has a solution. Accept challenges, enjoy your profession, shower love on them, they will love you and respect themselves from within.
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