I have been teaching in an urban school system for the past 2 years as a reading interventionist, but have been teaching for the past 18 years primarily as a classroom teacher and reading resource teacher. The students I support vary in abilities and need. I provide small group literacy support to students in grades K-4. All of my students are considered tier 3 and are our "most at risk readers." Many of the students I work with experience difficulty because English is their second language or they have weak oral language. Some students have reading disabilities that impact their rate of learning as well.
Despite their deficits, the students work to their potential and continue to persevere each day.
It is amazing how intervention can make positive changes, improve motivation and help children to view themselves as readers.
"If I don't learn the way you teach, then teach the way I learn."
Testing season is upon us! Our students in kindergarten through grade five are required to take standardized tests on our Chrome Books throughout the year. Headphones are required for all of our assessments. Unfortunately, our supply has dwindled over the years and many of our headphones aren't working properly due to wear and tear. Testing raises anxiety in teachers when we don't have the proper supplies. Our goal is to provide classroom teachers with individual sets of headphones for their students to alleviate stressful testing situations. This would also eliminate the need to share headphones between classrooms. We need a long term solution, so this problem doesn't occur year after year.
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