I have a little boy who's having trouble transitioning from his old (kinder) class to my (Grade 1) class at work. He had one of the other teachers as his kinder teacher and loved English.
Since starting my class he has been really reluctant to come.
He is still pining for his old teacher.
When I ask 'What's your favourite animal?' He answers 'B-sensei!' Poor kid. (And I'm not sure how complimentary that is to B-sensei, either!)
I talked to his mum about what was different.
She couldn't think of anything in particular.
I asked his sister (who's in the same class) what he liked about the other class.
No problem. I can do bingo.
And I did.
And the next week he was still reluctant to come in.
So I asked again "What can I do to help? What do you like about B-sensei?"
"His beard." he answered.
"Gee, that's a bit tricky for Heather-sensei to do...."
"You could do it of you tried!" his sister helpfully suggested.
That is obviously my problem, hey? Just not trying hard enough.