Tag archives for learning support

ESL and the misdiagnosis of Special Educational Needs

This article from LD Online discusses an issue that is particularly relevant to educators in International Schools - the misdiagnosis of learning support needs among English Language Learners. Reasons for the Misidentification of Special Needs among ELLs   By: Else V. Hamayan, Barbara Marler, Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, and Jack S. Damico (2007) To ensure that misidentification does not occur, the authors ofSpecial Education Considerations for English Read full article »

Conference in Shanghai

Maricel San Agustin and Jennifer Etherton, together with some Middle School and High School Learning Support teachers, will attend a conference on February 24-26, 2011 at Concordia International School, Shanghai, China. The theme of the conference is “Autonomy: Helping to Create Independence For Individuals With Special Education Needs”. The teachers are looking forward to learning a lot of strategies from Read full article »

Transitioning to Middle School

Our Grade 4 students are beginning to start to think about their big move to Middle School. We are already starting to plan ahead to make sure that they have asuccessful and end to Elementary School and a wonderful beginning to Middle School.  Thank you to all the Grade 4 LS parents who attended our recent parent coffee.  This gave the Read full article »

Learning Support and ESL

In Learning Support we often have referrals for students who are receiving English as a Second Language services in school.  This most often poses a dilemma about what type of support is going to be most effective for students who seem to be making very limited progress in ESL and there are thoughts that perhaps there is a learning difficulty Read full article »

Changes to our Manual

This week the Learning Support Program Leaders and the administration from Elementary School, Middle School and High School all got together to rewrite our LS Policy and Procedures Manual.  The manual was written in 2006 and needed some updating.  We have decoded to streamline the manual and get rid of some of the unwieldy instruction in it. The service will not change Read full article »

Tumble Books

Tumble Books is a huge online resource of books which can be read or listened to online. Many of the books have quizzes and questions afterword to help explore children's comprehension of the book. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Brain Pop

Brain POP is the home of fun learning! This site offers student the chance to explore many aspects of the world around us in a lively and exciting way. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Dance Mat Typing

BBC School's Dance Mat Typing is THE place to go for the least boring way to learn to touch type! This site takes student's through basic typing skills via a host of fun songs and crazy characters. No passwork required!