Making it Stick!

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  • Jemineye
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    27 October, 2012 at 12:25
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    Hi guys.

    Slightly different scenario as I’m not tutoring a foreign language speaker, but a ten-year-old English speaking boy who’s a bit lazy. I was wondering if anyone could offer any tips that might actually make the information I’m giving him stick.

    We did a bit of reading comprehension today and while we managed to get through it, I’m pretty sure he’s just gonna forget it all. At the end of the session, we did some spelling and I applied the rule: ‘y’ into ‘i’ and then ‘es’ on the end for plurals. I set him some words to remember for homework.

    Ultimately, however, his mum wants him to improve his hand-writing (which is no problem) and also, go through non-verbal and verbal reasoning with him. Now I can teach, but I have no idea how to make it stick, especially with a lazy ten-year-old.

    Any suggestions?


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    Keith
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    27 October, 2012 at 13:19
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    Reply To: Making it Stick!

    Many teachers "teach and forget" – in other words they assume that once they have taught a new word or grammar structure, that’s it, the student will be able to use it perfectly in every context whenever required.

    Unfortunately, this is rarely the case – there’s a good reason for returning to language again and again with reviews in subsequent classes, and with homework assignments. This is because we generally need to see new language quite a few times and in different contexts before we feel comfortable enough to recall and use it.

    So, you need to be patient with this – don’t expect him to suddenly start using a word or other language item as soon as you teach it. Instead, spend some time each class going back over previous language with short activites and games. Mix it up, leave one language item for a few weeks and then come back to it in another context, etc. Eventually he’ll feel comfortable enough with the word or grammar structure or whatever it is to use it spontaneously.

    Hope that helps.

    Keith

    Jemineye
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    7 November, 2012 at 16:13
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    Thanks for the advice.
    I’ll definitely use it for next time.
    The funny thing is however, the parents have terminated my services until further notice which isn’t very encouraging. :/


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    Keith
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    7 November, 2012 at 17:42
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    Did they say why?

    Jemineye
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    7 November, 2012 at 19:01
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    I’m not sure if it had anything to do with me per say. It had been well over 10 days ~ in the UK, half term was last week so they wanted to allow the boy a break from studying. The mum only called me a day I was to go there to cancel stating that her son was seemingly distressed with school and all the extra tuition (they got him a Maths tutor as well) and that she’d be in touch.

    I dunno. Doesn’t sound promising to be honest. >.<


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    Keith
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    8 November, 2012 at 13:23
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    It could be exactly as she said – that he had taken on too much and so needed to cut back on one of the extra-curricular things. Even if it did have something to do with you, I wouldn’t worry too much, things like this happen – I’m yet to meet a teacher who has pleased all of his/her students all of the time!

    Keith

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