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No Child Left Behind: My Projectprint story
June 12, 2012
Many of us are familiar with the phrase “fake it until you make it”. Usually people use this in reference to pretending to have wealth until it’s actually obtained. In my opinion, the phrase can be applied to education as well. Many people are able to pretend to have an understanding of their school work or do just enough to get by. I’m not saying this to single out a certain group, but we see this happen a lot with student athletes. However, this is not the case with my students because they don’t fake their understanding very well. The students who don’t understand me are easy is to pinpoint even though they are always nodding in agreeance with what I say. I talked about four students in my last post that just weren’t catching on. I kept them behind from lunch and I left one sentence on the board. I kept reading the sentence over and over with them, but none of them were able to repeat it back to me. This is part of the reason why I said, they can’t “fake it”. If someone did this with me as a child I would certainly be able to repeat what they said even if I didn’t understand. These kids need extra help that can’t necessarily be given during normal class time. Therefore, I will talk to the Headmaster of the school about using my project funds to start an English Reading Program and a library. I will start with a small group of students that will have their lunch inside with me instead of going outside for lunch. It will be during this time where I will continue to teach them how to read. My boss has been telling me since I got here that they need something sustainable, well I think this is a step in the right direction. Volunteers and interns will be more useful if we can improve the kids’ reading skills which will help with their understanding. The project money is a small amount and I’m sure starting a library will take the majority of it. In spite of this, I’m confident it will be built and support the start of the reading program. I am willing to go into my own pockets for something like this.