Practice Makes Improvement
Allison, K-3 Reading Corps Member
Ferndale Public Schools
We are all committed to learning and growing this year of service. Part of improvement is vulnerability and discomfort. I’ve noticed with some students struggle with making mistakes, and being redirected. We don’t want our mistakes highlighted, we want to hope no one notices or forgives it. I’ve heard “please let it slide” or “sorry” when students make mistakes. With one student who like video games, I like to compare practicing reading that we are improving our reading skill level by practicing this word and that he is mastering words. I really appreciate these students being strong enough to be vulnerable and have enough trust in me to make mistakes. Some of the students would stop when they came to a word that they didn’t know and would wait for me to tell them, and now they are trying tricky words that they wouldn’t before. It’s easier to doubt yourself or say they you just aren’t good at reading. I want to make sure all the students I work with to know that they have the power to improve whatever skill they practice.