My students are amazing! I primarily work with rural, impoverished, struggling readers in grades PreK through grade six as a reading specialist. Many of my student's literacy experiences have been difficult due to learning disabilities, weak background knowledge, poor language skills, and at times, a negative experience or two related to learning to read.
In my room, I believe that ALL children can learn, especially when they are active participants in the process.
At times, they enter the room needing to learn to enjoy books and literacy again. "If reading isn't fun, you're not doing it right" is a prominent focus in my room.
Once students overcome their initial struggles with literacy and recognize with fun and hard work, the growth they make as readers and writers is amazing.
In my classroom, students struggle with mental health, literacy skills, sensory struggles, and eye fatigue.
Many times, students who visit my reading intervention classroom struggle from body fatigue from spending the majority of their day sitting in chairs and need the opportunity to move while learning early literacy skills.
Getting up out of their seats and moving helps students build powerful mind-body connections. This boosts progress made in any intervention program and allows students an opportunity to move after a long day in a hard seat. Students with attention and focus struggles learn better through movement than when asked to keep their bodies still in traditional classroom settings.
Younger students spend a great deal of time in front of screens. In our school, most classrooms spend a great deal of time in front of a Smart Board, Chromebooks, or desktop computers. As a result, eye fatigue is experienced by many young struggling readers. Bright classroom lights add to this eye fatigue by causing glare on various print materials.
By softening my classroom lights with the mood filters and having tools to enhance learning literacy skills through movement, such as alphabet yoga cards, I will boost the progress of my struggling readers. The mind body connection is extremely important in boosting student achievement and creating a healthy learning environment.
Overall body wellness allows a child (and an interventionist) to make the most of short bursts of reading intervention. I currently incorporate flexible seating, minimal screen time, and dim the lights when possible. These additional resources will help me make the most of my time with my struggling readers while ensuring their physical health. Success as a reader will contribute to their overall sense of wellness.
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