Myself, as Facilitator!


Dear Readers,

I’ve decided to put the onus on my students, as far as throwing the ball back in their court, in regard to their education. Last semester I was wearing myself out doing the bulk of the work for my students. Well, I went to a charter-wide PD and got some great ideas. One of the ideas was to have extended time on assignments on an as needed basis instead of automatically giving the students extra time.

Facilitator toolkit

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You see, the proposed change is threefold!

First, as I stated earlier, the onus is on the students. The students have matured so much in the past semester. I’m not sure if I would have tried to implement these changes at the beginning of the school year.

Secondly, the students will take more accountability knowing that they have to meet deadlines. This is actually a life lesson. Although students can take their IEPs with them to college and most colleges do honor them, the fact of the matter, is that they don’t have to. So, the sooner the students learn to stick to deadlines, the better.

Thirdly (I was thinking of this before I went to the PD), having the students take more responsibility frees me up to act as facilitator, further helping them to mature and take responsibility since they are basically in charge of their own learning.

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2 thoughts on “Myself, as Facilitator!

  1. jannike johnsen says:

    It’s important to teach students self advocacy. They can use their IEP in college, but only if they request services. Nothing is modified in college, they can only ask for accommodations. I think it’s important for students to know themselves and what they need in order to succeed. But their disabilities don’t go away just because they have learned a few strategies. It’s also important for us as teachers to remember that these are in fact disabilities, and they are life long. All we do as teachers is teach them strategies to deal with their particular issue. It is not a one size fits all because what works for one will not necessarily work for the next student. It’s why I enjoy my work. Each of my students is a puzzle that I need to figure out.

  2. Jannike, I agree. Self-advocacy is one of the lessons I teach my students. Also teaching them about their disabilities (a post for this week) helps them to embrace and manage them. You are right, every student, with a disability or not, is a puzzle that more teachers need to take the time to figure out. Thanks for commenting!

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