Mrs. Mary Boyle-Fedor
Learning Support Syllabus
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Overview of Learning Support:
Students identified with specific learning disabilities are provided with learning support within the regular education classroom as needed, and within the learning support classroom, as needed. Some students utilize study halls within the learning support classroom for extra guidance and assistance on classwork, homework, and projects.
Within the learning support classroom, students are encouraged to advocate for their needs and seek assistance when they are having difficulty understanding an assignment or class expectation. Students are then supported to find the right resources to help them meet the requirements, be it speaking with the teacher, guidance counselor, or learning support teacher.
The learning support classroom is one of support and safety. Students understand that they may seek help from the learning support teacher as needed, with school work, social issues, or even problems occurring at home. Students understand that we all have difficult days, and some days we just need more support than others. Students are also aware that they are responsible for themselves and their classwork, no matter what type of day they are having. The learning support teacher is available to help students prioritize tasks, utilize their own specially designed instruction, and get work completed.
The learning support teacher will work with regular education teachers to provide information on the needs of their shared students. When pushing in and supporting within the regular education classroom, the learning support teacher will offer helpful advice and suggestions to meet students needs, and support students to achieve an understanding of the classroom content being taught.
Students have individualized goals written within their IEP that they will work on meeting throughout the year. Many students have reading, writing and math goals that are similar. Students will work to improve reading fluency and comprehension of content. They will work on this goal throughout the year, reading passages and texts, participating in classroom and group discussions and providing both written and verbal responses to questions about what they are reading.
In writing, students work toward being able to write paragraphs and essays that back a thesis statement with proof and examples, convey a clear sense of understanding what they are writing about, and contain appropriate grammar. Students are given multiple opportunities to write throughout their classes in various formats.
In mathematics, students are placed in an appropriately leveled classroom to meet their math needs and help them to build and improve their mathematical abilities, while also working toward meeting their IEP goals.
Expectations of the classroom:
- Students will be respectful of themselves, adults and peers.
- Students will be responsible to ask for help, use their time wisely, and keep track of their assignments.
- Students will come to class prepared, with all materials, and be ready to work.
- Students will complete all tasks to the best of their ability, giving each task their very best effort, in all instances.