Slow learning is not a learning disability that can be classified as a diagnostic category. It is simply a term used to describe a student with the ability to acquire all necessary academic skills, but at a rate and depth below that of the average student. In order to grasp new concepts, a slow learner needs more time, more repetition, and often, more resources from teachers to be successful. Reasoning skills are typically delayed, which makes new concepts difficult to grasp.
In today’s world, unfortunately, ‘learning’ has become a one-size-fits-all process that is not tailored to suit a person’s abilities. This confirmation of learning is especially true of our conventional school systems. The problem, however, is that not all children can adapt to such a rigid style of learning. Some children just cannot cope with the fast-paced and rigid approach that is characteristic of conventional teaching. Due to this, gap forms between their true ability and their performance level and such children are then dubbed ‘Slow Learners’.
Responsibilities of the Teacher on Slow Learners
1. Building Up Confidence Among Slow Learners
2. Finding Out The Main Reason Behind The Learner’s Weak Performance
3. Interact With The Slow Learners More Often
4. Giving Extra Care And Practice
5. Pay Equal Attention In The Class Room
6. Arrangement For Special Learning Resources
7. Maintenance of Cumulative Records
8. Maintaining Friendly Relationship
10. Encouraging Other Activities
11. Apply the theory of Multiple Intelligence
12. Arranging For Peer Tutoring
13. Adding Variety to the Academic Routine
14. Encouraging Oral Expression Instead of Written Reports
15. Teaching them Learning Skills
16. Using Innovative Strategies
Several innovative strategies to deal with such slow learning students to learn and enhance memory like:
• Involve students with a practical model or case study of short time span and relaxed environment so that they can visualize or feel the situation.
• Proceed in steps once the students are comfortable and involved in looking for solutions.
• Involve them in activities discrete from routine home chorus like sports and excursions to motivate such students to learn without cramming monotonous textbooks.
• Provide a variety of activities for learning such as painting a picture of a reading assignment.
• Provide them ample opportunity for success. Fortunately, nowadays resources are available in libraries as well as online to develop learning habits to create interest for slow learners.
17. Other Remedial Measures
18. Teaching Them Simple To Complex
19. Teaching them Required Basic Mathematical Operations In Physics
20. Activity-oriented learning