Friday, September 9, 2016
Ron Clark has provided Ms. Ward, Mrs. Vasquez and Mr. Orr with a learning theory that is far different than the theories that are so well known. To be clear, it is much like my own. Mr. Clark didn't believe in just one theory or learning style, Ron used all of them integrally and Ms. Ward and Mrs. Vasquez both went to the Ron Clark Academy in Georgia and came back with such inspiration that they knew it had to be instilled into the classroom. They live by a number of rules. I know these rules as I purchased Mr. Clarks three books as well as the movie starring Matthew Perry as Ron Clark and procure to work by those rules and words of wisdom as much as I can.
The students follow a quick "1-2-3 please look at me." They remove themselves from their chairs to speak to Ms. Ward. Ms. Call has the same rule except in Spanish since Cherry Hill Elementary has a Spanish dual immersion program at the school. They look the teachers in the eyes. They clap for their fellow classmates. There are 55 rules that Mr. Ron Clark had for his students and I'd say over half of those rules are roughly followed by several students at Cherry Hill Elementary in different regards.
IEPs and 504s will never cease to exist, which brings up the need for individualized teaching. These teachers are STARVED for volunteers. They are SO happy to have me. I am continually in service to help with ELL students and even math (which is not my strength), but I am more than glad to help in every way from reading time to ESL lessons to Science or History. I am more than willing to help in every way I can, because I see their struggle and the more I can lessen that struggle, I am willing to help. The teachers work with their students in different ways and work towards helping those who are struggling by sending them to me or scaffolding in the classroom to help the students with their individual needs. These are excellent teachers doing as much as they can with limited resources and their work is magnified beyond what they can imagine.