One of my favorite students (I’ll call her Carla) is about to graduate high school next week. She’s a wonderful, sensitive, gentle young woman who has struggled with various learning issues her whole life.
Carla’s own challenges have given her great empathy for the learning processes of all people, and she especially loves working with young children. In the fall she’ll be starting college, towards a degree in early childhood education.
I’m so excited to see Carla entering into this important field, which is so near and dear to my heart. During our tutoring sessions, she and I talk about teaching and learning.
This week, Carla was prepping for her final exams. She was exasperated because her math teacher had provided no review time; on the contrary, the teacher had presented new material right up until the day before the exam, feverishly throwing examples of three new concepts at the class. No time for practice or homework or even answering the students’ questions, just, BAM!, know these skills for the final exam.