When a teacher detects a particular need in a student, it is met in our resource department. The need can be a simple reading comprehension problem, or a dyslexia challenge. The solution is discussed with the student, the parents, classroom teacher, and the resource teacher. The student is assigned an hour a week to work one-on-one with the resource teacher. Part of the solution is to assure the student of his/her abilities and begin to concentrate on building self-confidence.
The student may bring any subject to resource that requires extra help. Math, Language and reading are constantly monitored. One of the greatest needs is reviewing for tests. All aspects of a child's education are important Some students progress to a point that no longer requires them to attend resource. Others continue to come for security and responsibility to the resource teacher.
The needs of each student are different. Everyone that is assisted in resource is unique and so an individual's learning style is also unique. Resource is a place where this uniqueness is enhanced.
Essential Learning Systems
Essential Learning Systems (ELS) is a learning systems program that uses computer technology to help students develop and improve learning skills. It works by using a multi-sensory approach to mastering the phonetic sounds of the English language. Each student completes an assessment before entering the program. This allows the students to begin lessons within their individual comfort level. Students wear headphones and hear the words they see on the computer screen. Then they say the words and definition after the computer "says" them. Students type the words, write the words and say them to the teacher. Through visual, auditory, and manual input, they use their senses of sight, hearing, speaking and writing the words to master each lesson. All of the computerized exercises are presented in a developmental order. The Program provides a means to address the neurological and biological causes of learning differences. The Program creates and strengthens new pathways through which the information travels.
The students attend ELS four times a week for a 30 minute session. The group size does not exceed four students at any one period. Although the students can choose the speed at which they want to work, the teacher helps them with time management. The teacher also encourages the students "to talk out loud," write neatly, and to learn the definition of the words studied.
After two lessons of word study, the students have comprehension exercises where they read a short story and answer the questions.
ELS is designed to improve pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, memory, and penmanship. As these skills improve, the students exhibit more independence and self-confidence.
Our special friends department is led by Peg Guthrie, Chyna Marble, and Nikki Sedberry.