What happened at the Sixth Meeting of SENIT.
SENIT (Special Education Network in Thailand) meets twice a year in Thailand. The sixth meeting was hosted by Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chang Mai on Monday 27 April 2015. This provided a perfect opportunity for teachers and others working within special education to discuss developments in practice and to share their experiences and ideas.
The ‘North’ was well represented by schools from around Chang Mai. In addition to the host school PREM, there were participants from Chang Mai International School, Lanna International School, Grace International School as well as NIST International School in Bangkok.
Welcome by Head of School
Participants were welcomed by the Head of School at PREM, who emphasised the importance of partnership in the provision of Learning Support for all learners with the Learning Support specialist supporting teachers in the classroom. There should be a transfer of knowledge about students within the school with all teachers in contact with children, parents and outside specialists. Everyone should be challenging all students to meet their potential.
Visiting School Program
Linda gave an introduction to some of the services offered within the visiting school program. These include:
- The working farm
- Teamwork and leadership: challenges, e.g. ropes, climbing, rafts
- Thai cooking and fruit carving
- Overnight camping on campus
- Education trips provided: throughout Thailand
- Outdoor education, service learning and experiential programs
- Sustainability and watershed programs- including a barge program on Chao Phraya River which can be residential
- Wellness community programs
For more information about VSP visit the website: www.threegenerations.com
Topics for the day
- Writing Strategies-VCOP/Kung Fu
- IPad Apps
- Small group talks
- Feeding back to larger groups
- Online resource mobymax (reading, math, grammar, writing, etc)
- Co-teaching: Myth or Reality?
VCOP strategies for immediate impact on writing from emergent to fluent writers.
Anita showed how children could be encouraged to widen their use of language, resulting in richer writing. We learned that ‘wow words’ could really make us say, ‘wow!’ And we all had a go at ‘punctuation Kung-Fu’. Great fun, but you had to be there!
- Book Creator
- Explain Everything
- reflector – to beam ipad onto screen $12
- Green Screen search app store for ‘green screen by do ink’ – a great app that allows layers to be built up
- AutoRap : can turn spoken word (or song) into a rap – good for poetry
- Prodigy Math
Some other software and resources we talked about
mobymax.com (an on-line resource) for
- reading comprehension
$99 for a user – who can then add classes
prodigy //www.prodigygame.com – a free math program. You can create assignments from topics. Get feedback.
Recommended from our Group discussion:
Read Naturally: Take Aim Vocabulary for dyslexic readers
Jamestown Comprehension skills series with writing activities
Co-teaching: myth or reality?
Beth asked the question, ‘Co-teaching: myth or reality?’
The big hurdle is finding the time for planning. This is essential – but may not be timetabled. Co-teaching works best when you find people who want to do it – rather than when it is imposed on teachers – and when there is understanding between the teachers.
It may take time to get used to different teaching styles and different classroom expectations. But it is worth it!
Thanks to Lynne and the team at PREM. Hope to see everyone at SENIT next time!
SENIT is a local chapter of SENIA – see the website for more information http://www.senia.asia/local-chapter-news/senit/ or the SENIT site https://sites.google.com/a/isb.ac.th/senit/home/about-us
Please feel free to make comments below – It will make a change from all the spam I have to delete!