I recently received a Special Ed report about a student who has learning difficulties, including dyslexia. This student is quite open about these problems so I felt compelled to share the student’s success. At the beginning of the year, the student was apprehensive and quite needy, but really diligent about following instructions. So if I had posted a YouTube clip, this student would systematically pause and rewind until mastering the concept.
I have found that this student has relied increasingly on the posted videos and resources and less on me. Working at their own pace has meant that this student has reached a level of success I never thought possible. The confidence gained is immeasurable. Imagine going from the one always left behind, or needing one-to-one help. To doing it on your own, with a little help from technology. Priceless.
This is a small sample of the student’s detailed response to an essay question.
Small successes like this make this programme worthwhile.
1. Help students set up WordPress as the ‘go to’ place for all English work. They should have separate pages for other subjects. Years 9-11 should have one blog for all subjects.
2. Ensure that they have a YouTube channel so that they can link iMovies and other media that they have created to their blog.
3. No more emailing or iMessage. All responses should be on their blog.
4. Blogs have dates so PBL should be easier to monitor because we can see what work was done, and when it was done.
5. Easy link to use Twitter to share blogs with class mates and family. Optional as some parents are wary about Twitter. Could just follow each others’ blogs.
6. Wide reading is always contentious. Do this as an in-class activity? In one term rather than over three terms? Not sure about this.
7. Need some PD time…
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