In One Ear, and Out The Other

Do you ever feel like saying this to your students?

Do you ever feel like saying this to your students?

Sometimes I doubt whether my students really understand the material. I may finish explaining how the moon revolves around the Earth as simplistically as possible, and then ask a follow-up question to check for understanding, and I’m met with blank stares. It’s nothing new at all, kids have short attention spans and some concepts are hard to grasp – especially abstract concepts (which come up in science lessons from time to time). Even though I differentiate my methods as much as possible, I know some students will struggle comprehension-wise.

Still, though, it’s a little frustrating to run across the same problems time and again. I do offer extra help after school for students who may need it, and it’s up to them whether they come in or not, but sometimes I wonder whether the issue lies with me ?

In any case, I’ll keep doing my best to help my students understand, and just ask they give their best effort in class.


Filed under Education, ESL, Kids, Lesson Planning, Self Reflection, South Korea, Student Attention, Teaching

6 responses to “In One Ear, and Out The Other

  1. I sometimes get that with adult learners. They’ll say they understand, but then when I ask questions or attempt to have them demonstrate comprehension of the material, they can’t. I think they’re being honest when they say they understand; they have a feeling of “getting it” and this is what they’re reporting. I keep wondering if I need to stress more “using” vs. “explaining” when I present concepts to them.

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    • I think my students understand to a degree. The real test is when they do a project or report. I ask questions in class but sometimes students are nervous about speaking. In that case I have them do a project to demonstrate what they know. Still it is frustrating from time to time.

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  2. Have you tried turning concepts into chants? And then making them do it with you? It can be really fun and a great way to get students to recall and comprehend a concept. I had 1st graders do this prefix chant before asking for the meaning of the word.
    “re- means to do it again, and un- means the opposite!” It’s silly, but it can be very engaging.

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