The pandemic has brought great changes.
The core skills of phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension will always be the basis of reading. The way these skills need to be taught must keep up with the changing times.
I spent the Summer doing student assessments and researching the effect the pandemic has had on student learning in the area of reading. As a result, I have added supplemental activities to my reading program and created a volume dedicated to meeting the needs of our students at this time. The purpose is to alleviate the barriers that our “New” way of learning has created (hybrid learning, remote learning, shortened school days) and prevent any learning gaps.
My teachers, who have shown what excellence in education is by the differences they have made in student’s lives, have been trained extensively on how to teach our students during the reconstruction of our educational system. My teachers are Wilson certified, Orton-Gillingham certified, Reading Innovations certified, administrators, LDTC’s and reading specialists. While they are highly proficient in using their expertise and passion and implementing Orton-Gillingham ideas when teaching my program, the new insight into how students need to learn has brought them to an even higher level of understanding.
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” -Winston Churchill
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” -Socrates