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!


  1. Sometimes getting the ball rolling is what is needed to build momentum. I have found that even when being on the front line almost all the time it is a long process to move toward comprehensive literacy instruction for students with complex needs (particularly those with complex communication needs). It's a paradigm shift and it takes some time to wrap one's mind around focusing on engaging in the functions of literacy rather than creating the products of literacy. It's not how we have traditionally done things in education. The good news is that the paradigm shift that is needed around students with complex needs is reflected in the paradigm shift in the Inspiring Education documentation. There is hope... it's just a whole lot slower than most of us want it to be.