The wonderful paraprofessionals that I work with take lots of data and collect work samples to supplement the time that I spend with students. This is invaluable because I have four rooms and I bounce between them and inevitably, something exciting happens when I'm not there. The data helps drive instruction and track progress toward IEP goals, but when I get in the room the first thing I want to do is spend time with the kids. I need to get better at checking the data binder first! I just get so excited about seeing where my little ones are and marveling at the progress they are making!!
At my K-8 school, we have some wonderful opportunities for big kids and little kids to connect and build relationships. We have had a couple of kindergarten students who need help on the play yard - finding things to keep them busy, figuring out how to interact with their peers, solving little scuffles, etc. We recruited some "big buddies" to hang out with groups of kindergarten students and help with those challenges, but having a more formal program next year would be fabulous! The upper grade students (6-8th) have the same lunch time as the little ones (K-1st) so it works out well. It makes lunch time so wonderful for kids who would struggle otherwise, so I want to make sure we have a great program next year!
Great things happen every day and I want to share them with you but I keep coming to the problem that there are no pictures to show you. My cell phone is permanently attached to me so I just need to get better at taking those pictures to show you!
And then I'll be able to blog more examples of how I teach students with a variety of disabilities with my many diverse students who don't have disabilities. I appreciate the supportive comments you've all given me, and it just makes me want to show you more!
What are you going to do next year??