Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:15:42 AM
Sigh. One of my students has left me today, graduated from our program. I suggested last June that she really didn't need my help anymore, but as it is, when parents see success they want to keep bringing their children here. It's my job to have them function on their own though. Anyway, last week my boss tested this student and her scores had improved phenomenally. She's now reading at the level of a 12 year old. (She's only 9). Anyway, lately she's been dragging her feet coming into the centre, not wanting to come to lessons anymore. This is a far cry from the little girl who used to skip into the room. Well, today when I told her this was her last lesson she was a little shocked, but the bounce in her step was back! I taught her a few new things and we played some games and that was it. She just walked out the door. Funny, I don't really feel anything; maybe I've been doing this too long, students come and go. You just can't get attached to them. I feel happy though that she has succeeded and has the skills to learn on her own.
Here's a conversation
I had with her last year.
And, try and read this! It really makes me understand how someone can read fluently but cannot spell. I have so many students like this....fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too .
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!