September. Even the word connotes so much for so many. It means one thing to parents, another to teachers, and even something else to students. It’s time to return to the bustle of education. Ready, or not!
This fall, at LKDSB, we have a new opportunity to re-connect and support our students with Assistive Technology at the secondary level. Meeting with grade 9 students is rejuvenating: fresh faces, new friends, new classes, and new teachers encouraging the best. I’ve always enjoyed a grade 9 class in September for one reason: their sheer fear. It’s easier in September to set routines with students, and convince them to try new things.
This September, I’m meeting with a large number of grade 9 students to help support their continued use of AT in the secondary level. It’s been very busy prioritizing schools, students, and needs to ensure everyone receives support as they transition to secondary school. We know AT abandonment is a real concern at LKDSB, and I hope early and often sessions will help curb that tendency.
I’m looking forward to planned Orientation Days this week at AMSS, JMSS, SCITs, LCCVI and NLSS. By meeting these students now, I’m hoping they become more inclined to use the AT they need to access our curriculum.
September is busy, tiring and exciting. And I love it.