What might seem like an unconventional setting, teachers are put to the test utilizing their creative expertise to assist students in expanding their knowledge. Behavior Support Specialist, Irena Stanisavljevic, comes to work at Valencia Valley Elementary every day with a smile on her face, excited to help in and out of the classroom. Along with daily schedules adjusted to fit the peer's needs, innovative ways are being met in order to provide essential learning virtually.
Starting off her day bright and early, BSS Stanisavljevic begins by logging into her computer and checking in with all her students. "I chose to go into this profession because I love being around children. They keep me young," said Stanisavljevic. Bringing the classroom into their homes, along with the help of other teachers, pupils are able to work synchronously elevating their mental health. "It helps me a lot when I see their faces light up," says Stanisavljevic, who works one-on-one with students who struggle to focus on assignments.
Collecting data on student behavior, Mrs. Stanisavljevic composes special breakout rooms that help students adjust their performance. Before COVID-19 broke out, she would use this time to go outside for five minutes, reinforcing a positive mindset. Now with the majority of the student's work done over Zoom, Mrs. Stanisavljevic uses the power of fundamental communication which encourages students to express how they're feeling. This information helps the school psychologist to properly assess their behavior and create an IEP, Individualized Educational Program.
Plastered with helpful posters around the classroom, these visuals encourage students to absorb knowledge and apply it to their daily lives while quarantined. With every assessment at hand, useful proponents are there to help guide them in constructing sentences.
From counting on their fingers to identifying colors, many simple tasks require patience and steady progress. Some of the most popular teaching tools used are "Rainbow Word Wizards", "Zero the Hero", and "Sight Words". All of these techniques help students on expanding their vocabulary while emphasizing the color and number in context.