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Reading comprehension is an essential part of any student curriculum, and recognizing the learning gap that the pandemic has created, it’s especially important that each student gets the chance to build their reading skills and increase their confidence in turn.
At St. Andrew’s Scots School, a bilingual Spanish-English school in Buenos Aires, we believe that all students deserve the same opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. We understand that assessing and teaching all students in the exact same way makes no sense and can be particularly detrimental for students with learning differences.
Learning to speak, listen, read and write in a second language is a daunting task for anyone. My role as the Digital Literacy Coordinator at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., allows me to investigate new technologies that can help our adult students reach their goals of English proficiency. As a program for immigrant families in the United States, we also provide community resources to students from a wide range of nationalities, language backgrounds and literacy levels. We have been very excited to implement free accessibility tools from Microsoft that are having a positive effect in multiple areas of our program.
It all started last October. I was well into my first year of teaching second, third and fourth grade in a self-contained classroom for students with autism. My focus was to equip students with the social, academic and emotional skills needed to be members of their community.