I'm excited to start filling all the blank pages!
I feel like a lot of things are going to come in to alignment
as we move forward. Happy New Year!
"For all children to bcome members of their literate communities, we must consider reading and writing not as end products but rather as socially communicative practices that begin to emerge early in childhood as other communicative abilities do. Both oral and written language are thus viewed as primarily communicative practice, and an intervention to achieve that end is best viewed as situated practice."
Skrtic proposes that schools evolve into problem-solving organizations where the fundamental structure of the classroom is replaced with more flexible structures that are more adhocratic in nature or focused on problem solving – organizations in which educators customize programs for individual students. For Skrtic, in a problem solving school, disability becomes an opportunity to innovate and improve. “Regardless of its causes and its extent, student disability is not a liability in a problem-solving organization; it is an asset, an enduring uncertainty, and thus the driving force behind innovation, growth and knowledge.” (Effective Inclusive Schools, 2012, Thomas Hehir and Lauren Katzman)Summer is quickly coming to an end and it is time to start thinking about another school year. My job is different this year as the students who are on my case load will begin at their age-appropriate schools this fall. Rather than being in one classroom in one school, they are going to be in several classrooms at three different schools. The elementary students that I have now have had general education classroom primary placements for either 2 or 3 years and we are now looking to continue this approach as two of them move on to Junior high. This will obviously present a whole new set of challenges as they will need to learn to navigate a much larger world then what they now know. The high school students that I have will be moving full time to our division high school. With them we are not looking to continue, but rather to begin, and our beginning steps will probably be little ones.
These are contributions made by a person’s presence. Many people with significant disabilities offer grace, caring, attentiveness, wonder, acceptance, silence, receptivity, compassion, inspiration, pleasure, gratitude, loyalty, and friendship. These gifts – often overlooked in our society – are critical to society’s well-being. In fact, they are a necessary antidote to ‘too much doing.’So... What if we authentically looked at community building instead of classroom management? Would people then see the students that I serve as assets rather than liabilities in this kind of classroom?
Word Work: Planning to do both word wall work and using Patricia Cunningham's Working with Words with students. With my students we need to tie in their communication systems as well as ensure that the students have access to do this work (through pointing or eye gaze). Modifications have to be made to allow for participation.
Writing: Planning to explore the use of "Alternate Pencils" (will write a post about this soon) as well as generating a variety of sources for students to pull from to decide what they are going to "write" about. At first we will be thinking of writing in terms of just generating a list of letters related to a topic and also incorporate the use of their communication systems to talk about what they are writing about. I'm planning to use remnant books as one source that student's can generate ideas for writing. The explanation of this will take more than a few words here and I plan to write a post about it soon. I'm excited to add this piece to our literacy plan because writing to this point has consisted of mostly doing cloze passages by eye gaze to picture to make choices about what word to put in sentences.
Guided Reading: This will be done with the whole group and we will be looking at doing an Anchor-Read-Apply sequence with a piece of writing. We will be rereading the piece of writing several times with a different purpose each day. This I will also write more about. Many of my plans came from the Literacy and AAC course that I attended a few weeks ago.
Self-Selected Reading: Here we will be doing both partner reading and using technology to read. One sight that I am going to explore extensively to find "just right books" is going to be Tar Heel Reader. I'm seeing I have a lot of posts to add in the near future :).I think that this will cover each of the elements of "The Daily Five" even if it is in a bit different format. My interest in this method for my high school students is actually in the "The Cafe" book as I am hoping to get some ideas related to assessment for that.