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To: BenKenobi

He stays, or at least offers to stay in his office for tutoring til 5 pm. There are several tutoring programs at his school. And these kids never take him up on his or the other offers. He says “I feel like the Maytag repairman”.

He’s very up front with them, in terms of warning them every week that they MUST get this or that done or submitted or they CAN NOT proceed; he will accept any homework at any time during the quarter/semester with the idea that as long as they go thru the work, it’s a good thing. And still, they find a way to exhibit the complete failure to demonstrate the effort.

And his general take on it is “these are the kids that you and I didn’t go to school with, we didn’t know them, we didn’t have them as friends”.

I don’t know what you do with kids who demonstrate no affinity towards learning new stuff. At that age, it is so much easier to learn, just because of the state of our brains. I think it would be good to go on field trips to homeless encampments. The theme would be “You have a Choice”.


40 posted on 02/16/2011 2:59:11 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

What do I do? Try to connect with them some way so that they understand this stuff is relevant. This is stuff we go over first thing before we proceed on.

I ask them what do they know, get a handle on where they are starting from. Only then can I work with them to help.

I make it very clear up front, that they have a choice. If they do not wish to attend or do the work, then they can leave. If they are late, I charge the parents as if they were there on time, and then we go extra long the next time I see them, and I don’t charge the parents.

So they quickly learn that they have to be there on time, and they have to be ready to learn. It does work. The kids who are late realize that they are going to catch shit from their parents, and that they are still stuck waiting, and now there’s no class.

Kids don’t understand that Y is related to X, unless they are actually shown. Can’t assume that our knowledge and experience translates to where they are in life.

I’ve taken students from 30 percent, to an A level, it usually takes about 4 months of intensive work. Every kid is different.


41 posted on 02/16/2011 3:07:30 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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