Tuesday, June 5, 2012
calming a learner who is too excited to learn
Today, I worked with a struggling learner. He is a teen and I have been working with him for months. We have read a little over half of the second grade McGuffey reader. We are using the Kindle Fire for this because I can enlarge the words. This is still low but exciting. He had gone with family and friends over the weekend. He is still excited about the trip. We did the balance board, and word go fish. He was too excited to calm down and read well. Finally, I pulled out the skipbo cards and this helped. We play skipbo because of the pattern training it gives us. It is not my favorite game but patterning is important to teach reading as reading is patterns. Once we played skipbo he did better. It amazes me the routine needed sometimes to help this young man focus. It is so exciting to see him succeed. As he has more success, he gets too excited to read the words on the paper and reads what the words mean. I told him several times that he does not get to read what he wants to unless he writes the story himself. When someone else writes the story, he has to read their words.