Progress and Process
As partners in your child’s education, we take communicating progress and process seriously. You understand the progress part (i.e. How well your child is achieving grade level expectations, or how much growth the student is making in taking responsibility for homework, etc.). It’s the process piece that is more difficult to explain, but equally as important to understand.
Teachers by nature and by training formulate learning opportunities in varying ways every day. They address new concepts through different modalities – visually, auditorily, kinesthetically, etc. Often they teach directly, but sometimes they have students work in pairs or small groups, as many students are “social learners” who grasp concepts well when expressed by peers. Often teachers use stories, videos, or demonstrations to make a point or capture the essence of a chapter or unit as part of the learning process.
Whatever the process, it is most important that each student is processing what is being taught. Is she correctly perceiving and understanding what she is seeing, hearing, and experiencing? Is he able to receive and express information clearly? The recent vision and speech/language screenings tell us a lot about how efficiently your child processes what is being presented. Of the 270 screened, the vast majority demonstrated that they process well. Others’ performances showed a need for follow up with additional screening in the spring or a full evaluation, as soon as possible, with an outside professional. Please do NOT ignore these recommendations, as they often lead to a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to remediation, when needed. Martha Schreiner, our Director of Student Services, will be encouraging you to follow up on the screening recommendations, if indicated.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Schreiner.
Pam Volker, Headmistress
Tuesday December, 2, 2014
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