December 23, 2013 by Brad Currie
Recently I had the pleasure of taking part in a I&RS (Intervention and Referral Services) meeting for a struggling student. Basically a team of teachers, parents, administrators, guidance counselors, child study team members, and others convened to problem solve student deficiencies. Many ideas were shared and an action plan was developed. The passion in the room was truly remarkable, especially the professional manner in which our staff conducted themselves. Each member of the committee took the “exhaust all options” approach in order to put this child in a position to succeed.
Below you will find a sampling of strategies that will be instituted at home and in school.
•Encourage student to utilize personal computer in the school setting for organization and curation purposes.
•Utilized the Dragon Dictation App so that the student can highlight their oral abilities on paper and/or computer screen.
•Increase mental agility at home while at the same time providing breaks with the Pomodoro Timer App.
•Focus on increasing typing speed using a program called EduTyping. This program can be utilized at home and in school.
•Provide student with alternative assessment opportunities to show what they know on a given topic. For example, use the Audioboo podcasting app for a project in language arts.
The intentions of this action plan are clear; Leverage the power of technology and available web applications to promote the success of this student. Identify student strengths in order to overcome weaknesses. As I said before, the strategies above are just a sampling of what was recommended. It’s truly amazing to see passionate school stakeholders collaborate and problem solve together. There is no doubt that this struggling student will do a complete turn around and begin enjoying school once again.