Remedial at St. Michael’s School for Girls
Our Remedial Unit at St. Michael’s tries to eliminate all obstacles that impede the
learner’s progress towards future success in her schooling.
Teachers have daily contact with learners and they are the first to identify those
pupils lagging behind because of their learning barriers. However, it is not always
necessary, and in some cases not advisable, to refer every child with a learning
problem to other institutions. If the problem cannot be dealt with in the classroom,
the teacher will then send the learner to our remedial unit. There, Mrs Lombard and Miss Wright teach
the Foundation Phase learners (Gr 1-4) with Mrs Lombard handling the Gr 1 -4 support groups, and Miss Wright the Gr 5 - 6 support groups.
As remedial teachers, we identify the problem by testing the learners;
- U.C.T Diagnostic Tests in spelling; reading and speed reading
- Essi Tests – Language proficiency test in spelling and reading
- Vassi Test – Mathematics proficiency test
We devise a remedial programme that will enable the learners to cope in their grade
level. We then see each learners at least twice a week or more, depending on the severity of her learning barrier for 30 minute sessions. Mrs Lombard (Grade 1 – 3) and Miss Wright (Grade 4 – 6) offer extra remedial sessions in the afternoons as part of their extra mural responsibilities.
Parents need to be aware that learners with more severe problems will be referred to the nearest Child Guidance Clinic where careful diagnosis is made and where intensive therapy can be given.
We as remedial teachers pay attention to reading, spelling, writing and mathematics.
Support from class teachers, remedial teachers and parents can make a big difference in a learner’s schooling career.
No printed word, nor spoken plea
Can teach young minds what they should be,
Not all the books on all the shelves -
But what teachers are themselves.