The community is found within the UP Diliman campus and compared to the small area where it is found, there are many people and the houses are built near one another. The school where we are assigned to teach is a walking distance of the homes. There are many stores just in front of the school.
Inside, there are surprisingly a lot of students and once we entered the building, I was surprised by the noise. It was a loud and incomprehensible noise coming from each classroom. This is my first time coming to this school, thus, those who came to the school last week were the ones who entered since they are the ones known by the students, and most of us stayed outside. When they entered, they were greeted warmly by the students, smiling at them while waving their hands.
When the students were called outside, they were so cute. They don’t seem afraid, rather they look excited that they got out of their classroom. They listened to us and followed us when we asked them.
My student’s name is Phoemela Kate Refran. When I first talked to her and asked her name, she correspondingly replied with a smile. She answers while smiling when asked other questions although she always turns to look around and see what her classmates are doing. She seems to be trying to figure out why we’re all doing this and want a friend to share her experience with.
When I first met her, I didn’t know what to think but I saw that she got a 10 out of 20 compared to their highest at 13 and lowest at 4 in the pre-assessment test – not low but not too high either, that’s what I thought. At least I will still have many things to teach her.
After the introduction and the warm-up exercises, I asked her to write her name and while she spelled out her name correctly, there were no spaces in between her first and last names. Also, her name is Phoemela but she pronounces it as ‘Pamela’. I asked her to write her name while pronouncing it but she pronounced and wrote down her name independently. I think that while she does both correctly, she still does not know how to associate them.
In the assessment test, she does not always get the correct answer but she’s not doing poorly either. Her strength is in the Oral Language section. She responds to the questions well. From that, I learned that her favorite past-time is drawing and she does so with her friend Jasmine. Her favorite color is pink. She also did well in the free writing where she drew a house, her dad, and a tree. We read the storybook just fine and she enjoyed the tapping test.
She knows most of the alphabet and how to pronounce them but there are some letters that she does not know of. She mismatched the letters J, Q, V, and D to their respective lowercases. There are also some letters that she needs guidance on how to pronounce. When asked to write all the big letters that she knows of, she wrote a little more than 10 with some small letters included. On the Oral Reading section, she reads some words that she that she is familiar with correctly such as ‘ito’, ‘ang’, ‘ni’, and ‘may’ but when she reads out the word ‘mesa’, she reads it as ‘lamesa’ repeatedly. As for the other words, each letter has to be pronounced before she can read it as a whole.
During the duration of the assessment, every after an activity, she looks into what her other classmates are doing and is easily distracted with the students near us. She listens well to me and the instructions but it was a challenge for me to hold her attention after each activity. Also, the gym is full and thus, I have to speak in a loud voice just for her to hear me. Since there were no tables or chairs, she had to crouch down to do her activities.
At the end of the session, she surprisingly asked me whether I’ll be coming back tomorrow. It made me happy that although I did not do too well as a tutor, at least I have left an impression on her.
Overall, we both have many things to learn – she needs to learn how to read her alphabet and I need to know how to contain her attention. With the assessment, I knew both our strong and weak points and with that, I hope that we can make the most of our next meetings with what be both learned today.