Celebrating all the learners and their growth throughout this semester! My learner and I presented about what we learned throughout this semester.
At our final meeting of the semester, we reflected on what we had learned and created a poster board to summarize all the accomplishments my learner has achieved!
In the meeting, I learned a lot more about the ways in which our learners may be oppressed by a society that normalizes ableism. I learned about how some may earn less than a dollar for their hourly wage. I also learned about how disabilities can affect their life at home, including different housing facilities to accommodate their needs. This led into a discussion of structural discrimination and oppression on people with disabilities. The conversation with my fellow PAL tutors lent insight into how our learners may also face a lack of support from family members.
My learner and I continued our work on phonetics. We used images that he was familiar with and could easily identify with a word, and then worked on spelling that particular word. This helped him link sounds to words he already knew how to say. We also introduced diphthongs, and linked words based on which vowels or sounds they shared. We also worked on how to distinguish certain letters of the alphabet and how to annunciate them properly.
My learner and I continued learning about the structure of the army. We reviewed key terms about the hierarchy of the army, and Robert practiced saying them. At the same time, we examined images of these various groups in the army, which my learner enjoyed seeing to fully understand and visualize the experience of these soldiers and their leaders. As my learner repeated the various army vocabulary, he was having difficulty with phonetics and had previously mentioned he wanted to work on that. As a result, we transitioned into writing out the alphabet and identifying vowels and reviewing the sounds that consonants make.
Since my learner wants to join the army, we decided to apply his new math skills to concepts that relate to the U.S. Army. First, we learned about the American Flag, and he counted all the stars, through which we practiced counting and addition. He also counted the red stripes and the white stripes and then added them together. We got a little history incorporated, by understanding what these numbers represented. Then, we also started looking at a chart of the organization of the army, learning who leads tiny squads, to larger platoons, and how many soldiers comprise each group.
My learner and I reviewed counting numbers in order, and he wrote all of them till 100 again as practice, and was quicker this time! We also reviewed addition, trying many different combinations of single-digit numbers, and writing out the addition equation for each.
Within our group, we shared information about each of our experiences with our learners, including any challenges or our goals for the semester, which was very helpful for getting suggestions.