When her son was diagnosed with dyslexia, Diane Hutchinson felt helpless. “在这里, 我拥有特殊教育硕士学位, 特殊教育教师执照, 还有初级教师执照, 但我不知道如何帮助他.听说了卡罗尔的名声和他的 Orton-Gillingham课程 through the Garside Institute for 教师培训 (GIFTT), 黛安娜急于报名.
“I did the yearlong Associate training and just fell in love with Carroll. 我以为我会回到公立学校，但是, 当事情发生的时候, 我不能错过这个机会. My mentors, co-workers, the library—they are worth their weight in gold. In public school, I would’ve felt like a circle trying to fit into a square. Here at the BCK体育注册官网网址, I can be the teacher I want to be.”
Q: How does Carroll help you be the teacher you want to be?
对我合作过的许多家庭来说, there are struggles—sometimes outright failure—before coming to Carroll. Every adult here is sensitive to that lived experience. Carroll empowers me to give students the space they need and the time to build strong trusting relationships with students. I tell my students that I have high expectations for them but I will never hold them accountable for something that I haven’t directly and explicitly taught them.
Q: What are ways that you “gec” (give each child what they most need)?
在我见到孩子之前就开始了. I read everything—the neuropsychology reports, educational evaluations, IEPs. 对我来说最重要的是父母的声明. 他们是孩子的专家——他们的长处, 他们喜欢做什么, 他们独特的个性. I try to find some common ground to weave into our lessons. If they crave movement, we’ll go outside and use chalk on pavement or movement activities. 我会让我的艺术朋友们用粘土塑造字母. One student loves sharks; all his work is on shark paper.
Q: Describe a teaching moment that you are most proud of.
最好的是当学生有“哈哈”的时刻. I have one student who likes to review his notebook at different points in the year. He is so proud to see progress in this visible way and we talk about the hard work he’s done to overcome hurdles. 在辅导, I am asking students to do really hard things—they have to think on their feet, 犯错误感觉良好, 解释他们的想法. There’s a real confidence that comes from the Orton-Gillingham approach.