From: Debra Whiting
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: slow learner
First of all, don't over stress yourself. Some children are not ready. You need to keep giving them the basics. Set aside a few minutes a day for the two of them to have their own reading group. You could give their group a cute name of their own. It could be a 5 min. to 10 min. time. If they are also slow in numbers you could take 5 min. for number and 5 min. for letters and sounds. Also, get their parents involved. You want to be honest, but not discouraging. I have had students who looked hopeless and then they started to learn as if a light had been switched on. Many parents are more than willing to help. Look for progress on their own scale and praise for progress. They will not catch up with the rest of the class, but your goal will need to be that they are learning even though it may be slow.
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