As a learning support teacher, as well as, a language support teacher I am in a unique position as I serve students. I am able to really focus on their individual needs both academic and emotionally. I don’t have the added pressure of grading and developing curriculum to get them to particular benchmarks. Instead, I can focus on their particular learning needs as I help them achieve success in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware of the learning goals that they are facing in their academic classes, however the approach I take to help them along the way can look a lot different. I feel very blessed to be able to serve students in this capacity.
In looking over my self-reflection at the start of the year, I notice that I am less confident in my ability to Captivate my students during our time together and Consolidate in order to ensure that their learning is impactful and meaningful. I recognize that these goals are similar to the ones that I made last year, as I feel that these remain areas that I can improve in.
Within the Captivate section I want to focus on the following:
- Make my lessons relevant to students’ lives and the world outside of school.
- Design lessons that are more interactive.
- Design lessons that pique my students’ curiosity and engage them actively in inquiry.
Within the Consolidate section these are the areas that I would like to focus on:
- Make explicit connections between lessons.
- Help students make connections within and across the curriculum.
- Refer to relevant current events or other meaningful applications of what my students are learning to facilitate transfer of knowledge and skills.
While providing a space where my students can achieve at a pace that is comfortable to them, I must still ensure that the support that I provide and the lessons that I deliver are lasting and impactful. I do not want to create a space that allows them to hide or back away from challenges, but instead give them the confidence to face those challenges. Both, Captivate and Consolidate are curricular goals and although I am not the academic teacher, I still should ensure that I am developing my students as learners so they are prepared for success in their classes.
I want to teach my students to be confident learners regardless of their individual learning needs. I desire to cultivate in them perseverance to keep trying and not to give up. By the time my students leave my support class, I want them to see themselves as effectual learners knowing that if they keep trying they will progress.