As of right now, I have been very successful with the actions that I chose in order to meet my goals. I am fortunate to work with wonderful teachers and administration that are willing to lend a helping hand to assist our students. They know a wealth of information, and many have been teaching a lot longer than myself. This is beneficial, because they have the experience, and also the resources. Collaborating with them has been extemely helpful in the sense that if they did not have an answer or resource for me, they told me who has.
I know my students really well, and my first step was to really target what it is that they need in order to be successful. So far, I have learned some strategies to help those students struggling in math. They are experiencing extreme difficulties with using strategies to both add and subtract, even though they already learned both the counting up and counting down strategies. Of of the self contained teacher's in my school has Touch Math, and I feel that this has assisted my struggling students. I also have students that experience difficulties with reading. They are now using websites where they click on the word, and you can hear it. This is helping those students with key sight word recognition. I am still researching assistive technology that the district itself has to offer. I e-mailed the supervisor of technology for the district, and I am waiting to hear back from her.
I am also continiuing my own reseach online. I would like to find ways that students who need enrichment can use technology. I am researching various interactive websites for students to use during center time. Those that need enrichment will have the opportunity to work during center time, and those that need reinforcement of skills as well.
5 years ago