February 2, 2013 by jiejie768
Ryan and I have a group of students that we work with, individually or in pairs, Monday through Thursday, in addition to their regular classes. We work on reading comprehension and fluency with about half the group, while the other half focuses on basic phonics (the alphabet, letter sounds, etc . . . ).
Nelson is probably the kid who needs this extra help the most. He doesn’t go to school during the day, so KATC is his only opportunity for supervised learning. He is a kid with a lot of academic struggles and, almost certainly, learning disabilities that have gone undiagnosed for some time. Ryan often wants to tear his hair out, teaching him the alphabet AGAIN, but we can see that Nelson has made a lot of progress since we started these private lessons in early December.
Nelson’s behavior has also improved a TON since Ryan started working with him. He used to be “sent to the wall” (Ryan and I call it “taking the black” for all you Game of Thrones fans out there) at the end of the day, almost everyday, for generally disrupting the peace; since starting his work with us, he’s probably taken the black fewer than five times. Teaching Nelson to read is Ryan’s main goal for our time here, and we’re already talking about Skype sessions once we are home so that Ryan can continue working with him.