Monday, 21 April 2014
Sometimes You Have to Jump In and Show the Work!
Last week, my reading specialist colleague and I made our way to the classroom to model a lesson for the teacher to show her just how easy it is to do. The focus for our lesson was Lesson #1 from Meville to Weville that focused on the word, "Me." We used the game listed in the lesson that included a spinner. We used an electronic spinner (borrowed from our speech path - but I sure wish I could find one like it!) and gave each student a numbered page. When the spinner landed on their number, we encouraged them to say, "that's me!" to hit the lesson home around the word me. The students loved it! It was such a simple lesson that the staff was surprised that was all it took. We explained how this lesson could be used for an entire week so students could really grasp the concept of "me." It was so simple, yet effective. I can only hope now that they will take the lead and move on to the next simple lesson so we can be assured even students with significant disabilities are getting a literacy lesson as outlined in the program of studies. Maybe all it will take is the opportunity to see how the lesson is done. Perhaps it was necessary for my colleague and I to jump in and show "how it is done!" I will report back next week after our next visit! Here's hoping!