About 50% of the kids in the early grades are pretty immune to whatever they get in school. Whatever reading or learning method comes their way they handle it and make good progress in the key areas of development.
I call these the “Smooth Road Kids.”
Everybody’s happy on the smooth road.
The smooth road kids don’t need to be taught directly or explicitly. They just pick it up, almost through osmosis.
It’s the kids on the other side of the road that we continually worry about for a whole variety of reasons.
For them, they need to have instruction broken down, step-by-step, explicitly laid out in a sensible sequence of skills.
In addition to the explicit, step-by-step instruction, what do you think these kids need above all? It’s something that is not talked about enough.
They need patience…patience. Let the kid marinate in the skills. Don’t rush the process or the kid. Let the skills soak in and take hold.
If it takes the average kid a few repetitions, our kids of concern need many more repetitions over a longer period of time. The skills need to be continually revisited even if it is believed that the skill has been acquired.
In spite of whatever fast-paced curriculum might be suggesting about the pace of things, we can’t hurry them along.
“Marination is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking. It is commonly used to flavor foods and to tenderize tougher cuts of meat. The process may last seconds or days.” (Wikipedia)
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