Thursday, April 27, 2006


Second Session - Fifth meeting of the first CASW group

The next presentation in this session was by Ms Gudrun on April18,2006.
Students' work to be tuned in SessionI were - multiple written samples from different areas of work - special books, LAR notebooks and EVS notebooks.
The key questions were-1) How can the class teachers help the child who is lagging behind to come up to the expected grade-level, and boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of the child? and 2) How can we run an extended reading/writing, perhaps even Math programme for the gifted chidren, given that there are only 2 teachers in class at most times ?
The area of concern for Ms Gudrun is that the students who come into prep are having different age and ability levels. During SessionI, the participants had suggested various strategies to Ms Gudrun to provide help to the child who was lagging behind to come up to the expected grade level. Some of them were:-the child seems to be slow learner and needs continuous support.-reinforcement exercises-little reward will help the child build her confidence.-use of flash-cards, games etc.
Ms Gudrun told the participants that strategies suggested for her to deal with the specific students were quite helpful in terms of the general attitude that she must equip herself in order to deal with the higher and lower ends of her class. She made some extension worksheets for Math(Review work) and literacy(Comprehension exercises) and as expected, the kids who were able to work independently and read with a certain amount of fluency were able to work on those worksheets with minimal teacher instruction. As regards the weaker child, she paid more attention to her attitude towards that student and made a conscious effort to be more encouraging and praising even small achievements which encouraged that child to finish with the basic module which was needed.
However, she confessed that it was a bit difficult at the end of the year to be applying strategies for improving things in prep and promised to continue her efforts in line with the suggested strategies in the forthcoming sessions.

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