This summer for my reading methods class, I have been assigned a student to tutor in reading. The student is 7 years old, going into the second grade, and still having a great deal of trouble with reading. During the first few lessons it seemed like he was incredibly frustrated with his inability to read. He would sigh between words and constantly insist that he could not read. As time has passed though, I have slowly come to the realization that he can in fact decode many more words than he lets on. It appears now that it is not so much that he cannot read, but rather that he does not want to. He has become more and more vocal over time about his disinterest in reading and will literally attempt to pitch fits when asked to read. I also suspect (and so does his mother) that he is ADHD. I try to keep up the pace in the lessons and change activities every few minutes, but it is still difficult to keep his attention for more than about one to two minutes. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to structure these lessons to where it best benefits this student?
education student, the most terrifying thought right now is the idea that in
only one year from now I will have my own classroom full of bright-eyed
students ready to learn.
fear is that I will let them down.
thing that has helped me greatly in increasing my confidence in my abilities as
a teacher is the book The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide
The text is written in a way that is very
easy to read and understand.
Julia G. Thompson, covers topics such as the first day of school, how to keep
yourself organized, and how to use time wisely.
The information is all presented in an organized manner and is very
Reading this text has helped me
to feel much more prepared for my first year as an elementary school teacher.
For anyone who is a first-year teacher or an
education student (not just elementary), I would highly recommend you look into
getting a copy of this book!
have any suggestions of excellent resources for first-year teachers?
Greetings to all! I just thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself a bit. My name is Miss Cutts and I am an elementary education major at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. I am just now starting my senior year and will be doing my student teaching this fall semester in a second grade classroom. I am new to blogging, but am very excited about what Teacher Lingo has to offer! I look forward to sharing my thoughts of the world of education so far and hope to learn from other teachers more experienced than I. I am sure this will be a great experience for me and I cannot wait to start!