Sigh - I have 3 students that are
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|Sat, 09-17-2005 - 1:57am|
challenging the assumption that "every child can learn." One is ELL - but can't seem to follow any directions whether they are in English or Spanish. He just doesn't seem to understand anything. It's so frustrating. The girl who I have tranlate for him only had marginally better English skill than he did 2 years ago - yet she gets As and Bs. I just think there is more going on with him than second language issues.
Another student, also ELL did show some response to the spelling/phonics intervention I did with both of these students but she's so far behind. She got a 30% on her spelling test and I was thrilled because last week she got 5% and today I actually heard her breaking down the sounds to spell "not" correctly which is one of the things we worked on in intervention. But still - it's 30%.
The third student is not ELL - she is probably very low SES - and I couldn't even grade her reading test because she had filled in 2 bubbles for almost every answer. This is after I talked to the kids about not doing this and drew a picture on the board to demonstrate the concept. Now how in the heck is she going to take a standardized test if she can't get this? She is also extrememly behind - so how much difference it would have made I don't know. Sometimes I feel like my mouth is moving and no sound is coming out.
Luckily 2/3 of my class is on grade or above grade level. I actually have a fairly high class for this school. I have 6 that are below - 3 I feel have some skills for success but are way behind. The three I talked about above have little or no skills to build on - I'll be getting some first grade readers for them and even then I'm afraid they will struggle.
To end this post on a positive note - their math skills are pretty good. I think all but 2 are probably on grade level at this point. Stephanie