As the 2018 year ends, here is a list of some of the school programs I am grateful for in my work with students with learning disabilities:
1- The library - I have used this especially as a resource for finding "just right" books for my students. The summer reading incentives keep them reading. And sometimes its a quiet place to work with students when other spaces are unavailable. Reading aloud in a corner is never a problem.
2- Ed Tech Support - To troubleshoot needed computer issues and programs, to assist in finding new programs for students, and to brainstorm how tech can make my instruction easier. In working with other adults, ed tech support has helped me with ways to communicate and collaborate on shared reports. For myself, this support has helped me to be more organized. I have so much more to learn.
3- Social Emotional programs - I wish I could be all to my students, and help them with all their needs that affect literacy, but I cannot. I am grateful that these programs help my students with important social understanding and communication skills.
4- STEM - Many of the students I help love scientific inquiry, but do not always have access to advanced thinking skills because their literacy skills interfere. STEM has helped them develop confidence to think like a scientist.
5- Curriculum development - In curriculum planning, I am grateful that all kinds of learners are taken into account. Reading is just one mode of learning, and I am glad that curriculum development includes all modes of learning.