My students are 5th and 6th graders with moderate special needs. Situated in the urban district of Worcester, many students are 1st generation citizens; others are newly immigrants. Their families often struggle to make ends meet, but they constantly make choices that favor their children’s future. My “kids” are the most resilient, strong, and hard-working people I have ever met. I’m lucky enough to have them for three years. They amaze me every day.
Attending one of the top 20 poorest schools in Massachusetts, my students have a number of factors that affect their daily education, including socio-economic status, limited English language proficiency, trauma, and disabilities, but despite facing challenges, yet they persevere each and every day.
They love to read, play games and share their culture. They share secrets with me about latest crushes and share funny stories their parents would be mortified to relive. They live for Friday lunch bunch and surprise notes from their teacher. Though my hope is that one day the world will be a little kinder to them, I am fortunate to experience the impact they make on my life every day.
This year, among supporting across all curricular areas, I have 19 students with diagnosed dyslexia in grades 5 and 6. With daily intensive, structured, multi-sensory instruction, I've been able to see good reading progress in many of my learners.
I need a supplemental curriculum that supports a specific population of students with both phonics deficits AND working memory deficits.
Students with working memory deficits require instruction to be delivered in a specific way to support acquisition and retention of material. Without this, these learners exhibit slow progress and are prone to regression. The Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See curricula would aide phonics instruction in supporting them visually through the use of mnemonics and songs to learn letter-sound correspondence. The training accompanied with these curricula would ensure that I am delivering instruction with fidelity to the program. Thank you for supporting the needs of my students!
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