Kanke | NAZ Academic Specialist located at PCYC
“At first, all of the scholars were trying to see who I was …
One scholar was very resistant toward me, and toward a lot of things. Challenging behavior often shows up because the coursework is too difficult and the child tends to act out. It’s not that they’re a bad kid, but no one has had the time to stop and see what a kid needs.
One day, he brought his football, and I said: ‘let’s go to the gym’ — knowing he was struggling with sight words. So we threw the ball back and for and spelled ‘all’ — A-L-L. That became our rhythm.
Now, he has a new way to learn. The classroom doesn’t always work for everybody; sometimes we have to switch it up. And I really appreciate the opportunity to bring my creativity.
He’s able to do both now — work in the gym and in the classroom space. What I’m able to do is build up his confidence in himself and in his reading. And he’s doing it!
A lot of the staff a PCYC work in the field of social work, and they use the term ‘hire.’ And this scholar we’re talking about hired me. It’s a trust, someone he can trust and go to.
What I walk forward with is that connection with him. He knows we’re on it — both of us. It’s like ‘Hey Ms. Kanke, we haven’t met this week’ and I’m like ‘I’m coming for you; I got you.’
That’s my guy. There was a lot of kicking and screaming at the beginning … but he’s the funniest and he’s so loving and I wish everyone could see that.”
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