What do you see when you look at your students the first week of school. Every child is at a different level, brings experiences, with them and different learning styles. There is always one or two that might be very behind, not on grade level. The attitude of the teachers, administrators, and parents make a big difference whether or not that child will succeed. Everyone must work together to help that child.
When my son began 3rd grade, he was at a 1st grade level. The first week of school we immediately all got together to figure out a plan for improvement. There we were the teachers, the principal, the counselor, and myself. I loved the principal’s attitude. She said, “There is nothing we can do about the past, we need to concentrate on what we can do now to help him. From there we all developed a plan. He went to the Reading Specialist regularly. He began going to a first grade class for phonics instruction. He attended after school tutoring and Saturday tutoring. He went to the computer lab 3-4 times a week before school. And of course my husband and I worked with him everyday after school and on weekends. Because he was so behind, he failed his benchmarks. But by April, he passed his Reading and Math TAKS test. His reading and confidence has improved greatly. He is attending Sylvan Learning Center over the summer to help him fill in all the gaps.
I am a teacher, a parent of three, and a graduate student studying to become a Reading Specialist. I am learning to see students from every point of view. Every child has a parent hoping they will succeed. Every parent is out there right now hoping and praying that their child will get a good teacher this up coming year. And every child needs someone to believe in him/her. If you are an educator, parent, or know a child, you can be the one who helps propel them into their future and destiny.