A Unique Season, Reading Instruction, and Student Support
Student Support Team Coordinator, Lisa Edwards, shares her reflections on a unique season, reading instruction, and her role at MGCS…
I’ve been an educator for 20 years and can honestly say that the start of this school year has been the most unusual that I have ever experienced. It’s probably safe to say that most of you feel that way too. Our students and teachers, with the support of our families, are managing this unique season with grace and hard work. Beginning a school year can produce all kinds of emotions including excitement, anxiety, fear, and anticipation. Working through these often complex feelings is part of the journey to maturity. Our students have navigated that twice this year, and we are really proud of their diligence in doing it well.
Prior to the start of this unusual August and September, myself and our K-3 lead teachers completed a 40 hour training in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method. From kindergarten to third grade, our students are being exposed to and instructed through this multi-modality method of reading instruction which produces better decoders, readers, and writers. Orton-Gillingham encompasses the instruction of sounds, letters, and patterns all while using a multi-sensory approach rooted in routine and systematic order. This consistency will bolster student growth and be a benefit for learners at all levels.
Some have asked what exactly is my role this year? My purpose is to serve.
- I serve teachers by providing them with support and ideas on how best to meet student needs in the areas of behavior, academics, and learning differences.
- I serve students by monitoring their progress alongside their teacher and ensuring that we offer them the tools required for their success.
- I serve parents by walking alongside them when their child has a learning difference, medical issue, or any situation that may require a season of accommodations. I also meet with parents to brainstorm and collaborate on ways to effectively support their child.
It is my honor and privilege to serve the teachers, students, and families at MGCS. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey!
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