“One of the simple things is that it appears that you care about what you are doing and it seems you really enjoy teaching. Also, the way you would sequence learning with discussion and group work and then re-discussing or presentation of what the group talked about. This allowed me as a student with ADHD to hear things over and over again in multiple ways. For me I had many of the same ideas or thoughts but was not always able to respond as quickly as others. This is kind of how the groups helped me.
Also for me, I dropped out of school in the 5th grade. I found myself understanding to a degree of what you were saying yesterday about that change in young boys. For me, the struggle with learning happened in the 2nd grade and being put in special education. I could not read, write, or speak effectively and this lead to my drop out in the 5th grade. My parents did their best with homeschooling (meaning not much schooling) and therapy after that and then I tried college. This is why for me the biggest part was your control of the classroom climate which allowed learning to kind of just flow. So my “fear” of speaking or being involved in learning was put to ease. I hope it was apparent that I am not the same little scared butterfly that showed up in your class on day one.
Also, I gained new study habits as well as I am a better reader and writer because of the work I have done in your class. Thank you for caring and being so very honest and real about the field I am moving into” (Mark, Fall 2015, EDUC 650).