I just wanted to share with you one of my leader’s session reports from their first few weeks of being a leader:
Understanding how to help a learner who is struggling to keep up:
“Q: Were there any problems with some members of the group?
Q: If yes, how did you deal with that?
A: 1. There was 1 student who found it hard to follow up with the rest. He was often 1 step behind in understanding the questions and answering them. He also often directly asked me to explain things to him. The things he was asking, in most cases, are what the other students already understood, therefore it kind of slowed down the session, and bored the other students.
–> I often guide him to the lecture slides or the textbook page that he needed to read, or pair him up with the best student in the class. And I made sure that he knew this way would be better for him, so he wouldn’t get offended seeing me not answering his questions.”
Seeing how the students really REALLY learn:
“Q: What went well in your sessions this fortnight and why?
A: I think, the first thing that surprised me was the students’ willingness to try and learn. I prepared myself for moments when they would not listen to me, however, on the contrary, as long as I clearly explain what we were doing and why we were doing that, they were happy to follow. For example, some students showed up expecting to do just a quiz, get some topic summary, then leave, because somehow this was their initial expectation of U:PASS. Realizing this, I explained how the group game will benefit them in quickly gain understanding of the topic, rather than merely memorizing the summary. They nodded and willingly participate in the game. After the game ended, they shared with me that they didn’t think it would help so much, and that they felt like their brain had worked so much after 10 minutes of the game so now “all the concepts are just spinning in my head, and they won’t leave” 🙂
This really enlightened me about how important it is to explain to students the importance of U:PASS activities. Whether it is a Taboo game, a brief group presentation, as long as they understood it’s better for them, they would love to join.”