Thursday, October 6, 2011

Literacy Training Service - It's Finally Over

My classmates and I in LTS taught Grade 3 students for one semester. It's now the end of the sem and I realized that...

There are different kinds of students. K
There are students who don’t perform well in class because the teachers don’t appreciate and encourage them—this means ONE BY ONE! These students seem to be slow learners but in fact they are above average. I had one student who is really good but she has low self-esteem. She in fact answers correctly but her seatmates, well sometimes, teases her that her answer is not correct—so she changes it. K At the start of the semester, her performance is not so good but when I started appreciating (even if her scores are not that high) and encouraging her that she can do it, she does well.
There are students whose minds are really wandering. It’s hard to get them listen to you; you have to make more gimmicks! Some of them could really be intelligent but some… well, I hope they are good in music or sports or in other things. So, the teachers should help them in the subjects that they really find hard to understand.
There are students who are confident but they really shouldn’t be. HAHA! I know this is also happening in our University. In this case, the teacher should tell the student, in an appropriate way, that he/she got the wrong idea… Again, in an APPROPRIATE WAY!
There are students who are really good. (I don’t even know why they are taking our LTS 2 Program.) Teachers should encourage these students to always perform better.
There are good students who are really scared of English. I don’t know why but actually, they are good in English… sometimes, better than those who aren’t scared of it. HAHA! J
There are students
·         Who will ask you to give them P 10.00 (ten pesos) K
·         Who would want to be absent because they hate you… K
·         Who tell you that they love you and they’ll miss you (sweet)…

To be a more effective teacher…
                We always have to see the needs of the students and we shouldn’t bombard them with stuff that would be of no help to them. For example, during our first day of teaching, we taught CVC since their teachers advised us to do so. Too bad that the students don’t even know what the vowels and the consonants are. K We have to be friendly but we have to show authority. If the teachers aren’t friendly, the tendency of the student to be under pressure or be scared—they won’t be able to learn something if that’s the case.


  1. I'd still go for the straightforward approach.. If they're stupid, tell them they're stupid.. if they're good, tell them they're good.. no false hopes.. If one can't handle the truth, he won't be able to handle anything... :D

  2. Thanks for the comment. Don't you think it would be traumatic for them? They're just kids... Well, I also teach old ones. I use the straightforward approach with them. They're Japanese--they can handle everything... even Tsunamis. :))