Current RSE-TASC Reporter
By Patti Slobogin, Director
September has always been a time of excitement and anticipation for me. As a child I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to start the school year, eagerly anticipating seeing school friends, meeting my new teacher and delving into new learning opportunities. Those feelings had a lot to do with my decision to go into education as a young adult. After these many (many!) years, I still feel that excitement as the start of a new school year approaches.
What are the strategies?
Ivan and Lucia have added multiple explicit teaching strategies to their toolbox. Here are a few:
- Introducing, teaching and maintaining routines. Lucia uses SLANT, or “Sit up-Listen-Ask & Answer Questions-Nod Your Head if You Understand-Track the Listener”, to teach her students how to be active learners throughout a lesson. Ivan uses prompts to remind both his students and himself to use routines. He has posters around the classroom prompting use of classroom routines like “Tell, Show, and Do” and “Check for Understanding”.
- All students responding all the time. Ivan uses student response strategies in every lesson that require every student to respond. He might have them write and display responses on white boards or index cards or give verbal responses in a whip-around or in think-pair-share and/or read-write-pair-share activities. Lucia uses “Cold Call” so students don’t raise hands to answer questions—she randomly calls on students to respond. Students know they might be called at any time.
- Corrective feedback. Both Ivan and Lucia note the importance of ensuring that every student knows that errors are acceptable and that they will be supported in arriving at correct answers. Lucia notes that when a student either answers incorrectly or not at all she might call on another student for the correct answer, but she always goes back to the first student to let him or her also give the correct answer. Ivan notes the importance of pair-share activities in this regard. Students have the opportunity to support each other in arriving at the correct answer and to rehearse responses before being called on.
RSE-TASC Year-End Survey – September 2017We work hard to ensure we are providing training and support that Lower Hudson educators need to be able to meet the needs of their students with disabilities. Each year, we wait with bated breath for the results of our…