Don’t make assumptions!
I am ending this academic year with some key take away points, inspired by the achievements and growth I have witnessed in the many organisations, professionals, families, and young minds I've had the privilege to support and work with.
1. It is crucial not to make assumptions, but instead approach each individual with empathy, understanding, and a willingness to adapt our approach to create an inclusive and accommodating learning environment for everyone. We must acknowledge and recognize the diverse range of all learners. We must start from understanding strengths and build on these to support development for all.
Starting with a UDL approach will support everyone
2. Stories have power!
Stories have the remarkable ability to captivate our imaginations, evoke profound emotions, and impart timeless wisdom. They can enhance learning across the curriculum for all! Through the medium of storytelling, we discover our shared humanity, celebrating our differences, and fostering empathy and understanding among all people. I love the work of Mary Myatt and her work around this is simply brilliant
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3.Reading comprehension requires a combination of approaches that includes phonics, understanding vocabulary, specific strategies, oral language approaches and background knowledge.
“To grasp the words on a page we have to know a lot of information that isn’t set down on a page.”E.D. Hirsch
Effective reading comprehension is developed through practice, exposure to diverse texts, and the application of various reading strategies. It is a lifelong skill that contributes to personal growth and continuous learning. Learners need support to stay curious and engage with rich texts, to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the world and what they are reading! Reading comprehension is the foundation of effective communication and learning.
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4. Become confident with Technology and make the most of it for all
We need to explore and continue to learn about assistive tools and apps to enhance engagement and accommodate diverse learning styles. By harnessing the power of technology, we can create a more inclusive and engaging learning experience for all. Embrace these assistive tools and apps to unlock the full potential of every learner and foster a positive and supportive classroom environment.
If you haven't used Chat gtp then have a look at one of the many free videos, and your mind will be blown!
5. Collaborating and enhancing education for all through partnership
By working together with so many incredible professionals, families and learners, I have deepened my own understanding immensely. I want to end this blog with a reminder of the importance of making the most of, the collective knowledge that we now have access too. Learning with and from others enables the promotion of tolerance, respect, and appreciation for diversity. Together, we can help everyone to reach their full potential and foster a culture of acceptance and inclusion in all our schools. Check out the links below that I found useful!
This months SEN magazine is literacy focused and worth a read!This article by Dr Sharon Arnold is fab too! https://senmagazine.co.uk/page/2/
Don't forget the Fonetti free summer reading challenge too https://www.fonetti.com/fonetti-read-aloud-app-news-and-blog/read-aloud-challenge
Please remember your unwavering dedication, passion, and tireless efforts have left a lasting impact on the lives of your learners. As you step away from the classroom, take this opportunity to recharge and embrace moments of relaxation and self-care. Whether you plan to explore new educational resources, engage in professional development, or simply enjoy quality time with loved ones, remember that your commitment to making a difference is crucial. So take time for yourselves where you can.
Wishing you a restful and fulfilling summer break!