Here’s my SHOW —-
very useful links to these awesome websites ….
www.readingrockets.org tons of resources, research and strategies to try ,for struggling readers and writers.
www.ldonline.org resources , research and strategies for LD and ADHD but good for any student in the class (and the odd teacher too …..)
www.adlit.org articles, research , etc. for literacy skills grades 4 – 12
www.teacherspayteachers.com sign up … it’s free stuff – ready to use …. Need I say more ????
Here’s my SHARE —-
Where do I start …. I am loving the collaboration, the problem solving; delving deeper into the skill development of individual students and group dynamics of a classroom; dialoguing and reflecting with teachers to assist with acknowledging and recognizing our reactions and actions to our students learning process and experiences; searching for motivators , being more flexible in the way we present information and assess student learning, creating learning opportunities that will engage kids and get them to connect the present information and experiences to their past learning and experiences and then moving them forward in their life-long learning experiences.
It has been very rewarding being part of the solution based discussions in SBST (student based support team) meetings. The Learning Coach model fits so nicely with this process. The pre-observations and follow through with strategies and resources discussed at our “meeting of the minds” is very beneficial for both students and staff.
I have also enjoyed being part of the Move your Mind initiative at our school this year – Integrating movement with curriculum for Kindergarten to grade 4 students. Again, the opportunity for staff to observe students in action, in another setting, taking data on the high/middle/low rollers in class and how the instructor’s delivery and execution of the lesson affects their motivation, participation and overall learning is so valuable. The staff reflection time again is key to the whole process and how it can applied in their classrooms and future teaching lessons and units ; and we at Ecole Broxton Park School are so fortunate to have an administrative TEAM that fully support this.
Lastly, I have been a part of another school initiative ; the FISH project , where we as a staff have identified, the students who we felt were more at risk and would eventually benefit from being paired up with a staff member for some very anonymous and informal staff connections and attention.
I am definitely blessed to be placed in this position where I have an extremely flexible schedule, work in most of the five amazingly diverse school programs in this building, work with an amazing staff– who for the most part- are familiar with me and are willing to allow me into their classrooms. Don’t even get me started on the wonderful administrative team …. Not bad for a bunch of men………really I am kidding on most days J
And here’s my BOTTOM LINE — The bottom line for me is … YES teaching has changed and will need to continue to change as long as kids and society change , which is like ….. forever !! How I handle that is up to me. I feel that as long as the majority of teachers whom I work with feel heard ; have realistic and do-able options and choose to use those options; participate in more solution based rather than problem focused discussions ; if all the educators in our building keep the creative and flexible thinking model (being partially ADHD adults is really NOT a bad thing …. Now is it ??); work in an environment where trust and relationships are important and developed regularly …. Well then …. The sky is the limit !!
It will not be all smooth sailing but then …not much in life occurs without it’s turbulence and the odd barf bag and life preserver… just in case. As long as I am willing to LEARN – CHANGE – GROW and come into my job from the perspective that every student and classroom teacher can ‘start where they stand’ and move forward …. I think some incredibly wonderful things will happen for kids and staff… so …hop on board Learning Coaches of PSD 70 …. It’s gonna be one heck of a ride !!! And yes, keep that barf bag and life preserver close by …. You’re gonna need it … but NOT FOR LONG !