Topic: How did Conventional Literacy training impact my teaching and student work?
Special Education Teacher
Mt. Pleasant Public Schools
Alt+Shift: In what ways have you implemented ideas and information from the training?
Thomas: During the conventional literacy training I truly took to my heart the idea of having my students write to an audience and publish their books. We have created two books for other classrooms with a purpose.
AS: What impact has the training had on you and those you work with (e.g. teachers, students, consultants, administrators, etc.)?
TA: The process for having my students write with paper and pencil even when they are not able to. Work on building stamina and making the students accountable for their writing.
AS: Describe one implementation challenge and how you overcame it, or are working to overcome it.
TA: A student who is dependent on staff to write while the student dictates. The problem was to get the student to start writing independently (and it) was a big struggle since it was non-legible. I did just keep the instruction from the training in my mind. Build writing stamina. It did work out and goes easier these days for the student to write independently.
AS: Describe one implementation success or highlight.
TA: Students enjoyment when sharing their stories with other students and having a finished product. The class we presented to seemed truly interested in their written work.
AS: What is your next step for implementing ideas from the training?
TA: I will keep having students produce written work with an audience in mind. We created a transition book for a class that is switching schools.