[Solved] Concerned about teaching methods at school
My son used to be a SEN at his primary school. The main reason was his English grammar was and still is poor.
He is now in year 7 and I am a bit concerned about the teaching methods used by the teachers at the secondary school. My son does not seem to be 'taking in' enough info as taught by the teaching staff, and he does not seem to show enough interest in going to school.
Do you think I should express my concerns to the head of the year or do you think i am jumping to conclusions?
In what ways could I help my son in order for him to get a better grasp of the subject materials being taught?
Thanks in advance for your responses.
I don't think it ever does any harm to speak to the school - if you can work with them, they are often more willing to put in that bit extra knowing they are getting support at home, rather than the parents just expecting the teachers to do all of the education.
Is this the same son who is good at maths .? I see from your other posts you have two sons both aged 11 are they twins or step brothers. ?
I have a son & daughter - both twins.
The reason why my son is good at maths is because I am a maths tutor, so I give him a bit of extra maths tuition every now and again.
The downside of this seems to be that although he is good at maths, his knowledge in the other subjects is not very good. I think this may largely be due to teaching methods, since the school has been criticised before regarding their teaching methods.
Does he have any kind of Dyslexic tendencies? I only as as my son is severely dyslexic & english is a real struggle, largely because 'normal' teaching methods mean that nothing goes in. My son is an extreme example, so much so that he is in a private specialist school for children with learning difficulties, but they use very different methods of teaching, from singing, arts & crafts & many multi sensory methods. With my son you could use a listening & writing method of learning for example the alphabet every day for a week & he will have learnt none of it by the end....he hears a catchy song on the radio just once & can be word perfect on it.
I'm not saying your son is like mine, but if he has it even slightly, it may explain his struggles.
Many thank for your reply.
I don't think my son has Dyslexic tendencies.
BUT, how would I be able to tell my son has Dyslexic tendencies?
Thats a tough one.
If he struggles with sounds & spellings & reading words, have a look at the reading program 'Toe by Toe', google it & see what you think, its nearly £20 to buy so it really depends on which aspects of english he struggles with, have a read online & see if it sounds like something he needs, as its expensive if its not for you.
As what I know.. (this is just my own observations) kids that are good at Math is poor in English.. and good at Science but bad in history..