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The Case of the Child Who Does not Participate in the Classroom

What are the main reasons why a child may not participate in class?
If a child does not react in class, this does not mean that he does not understand the explanation. There are many reasons why she/ he might not participate in the classroom:

  • Shyness: Children who have a shy personality avoid sharing or answering a question for fear that other students might laugh at them. They prefer to stay calm because they are afraid to give a wrong answer.
  • Learning difficulties: The child may find it difficult to copy correctly from the board or to read like his colleagues. These children feel they are different and they feel ashamed because they need different strategies to remember information.
  • Social anxiety: Some children cannot speak in front of others even if they speak fluently at home. They feel embarrassed and unable to speak to many people because of fear of social attitudes that require interaction with others.
  • Tension in relations between family members, especially between parents; or tension between parents and of the children. It is very important that children are raised in an atmosphere where parents are good listeners. A child who does not get attention and understanding from his or her parents, is affected emotionally and might become introvert.
The Difference between Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders

Children with learning disabilities decline academically for several reasons, such as:

  • Weakness at the sensory level (impaired vision or hearing),
    Serious behavioral, psychological, or emotional problems,
  • Frequent absence from school,
  • Instructions of the teacher is unclear,
  • etc.

These children have the ability to achieve age-appropriate levels when they are provided with programs that include appropriate support and evidence-based education.

Children with learning disorders face unforeseen and persistent difficulties in specific areas of learning due to underlying neurodevelopmental disorder, whose origins include the inter-influence between genetic, cognitive and environmental factors.


Useful references

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Learning disabilities and disorders. (n.d.).

Emily Hoppin

A native from the state of Colorado, USA, Emily first came to Lebanon in 2016 to volunteer teach at a summer English camp for refugees hosted by one of LSESD’s partner churches in Zahle. Upon arriving in Lebanon, she immediately fell in love with the country and knew that she was destined to come back for the long term. After completing her master’s degree in Linguistics at the Free University of Berlin, Emily was finally able to realize her dream of moving to Lebanon. In August 2019, Emily Hoppin joined the LSESD team as its Communications Officer. “Working at LSESD is like putting that missing piece into a puzzle. For the first time in my life, everything fits,” she states. With a knack for languages, writing, and connecting with people, Emily feels as though all of her skills, talents, and passions have finally come together in one place through her work at LSESD. Just as her first name means “industrious”, Emily believes in hard work and perseverance. Allowing Colossians 3:23 to guide her work ethic, Emily seeks to serve the Lord in her role at LSESD with all of her heart, mind, soul, and strength.

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