What are they up to in Raleigh, NC?

Powell Elementary School in Raleigh, NC hosted a Schools Attuned course this summer. Sixteen of their faculty and both of their administrators attended. They had a great opportunity to spend time together planning how they wanted to use what they were learning during the upcoming school year. Now that September has arrived, they are hard at work implementing those plans. One of the things they are doing is sharing some of the neurodevelopmental content with non-trained faculty and parents. Each month they are going to share one of the constructs, written in day-to-day English. They started with:

What is Temporal-Sequential Ordering? It is the ability to understand, remember and produce information that exists in a meaningful order and keeping track of time. It is…

Understanding a sequence (identifying rhythm in songs or poems, instructions for activities)

Remembering the order of steps, events, or other sequences (how to multiple or divide fractions, tying shoelaces)

Creating products in which the content is arranged in the optimal order (telling a story, performing tasks in logical steps)

Using time efficiently (planning a long-term project, coping with class transitions)

Using serial order to solve problems (understanding the water cycle, using inductive/deductive reasoning)

Powell Elementary is also using Schools Attuned in their Student Support Team meetings. They have already asked to host another course next summer to get the rest of their faculty trained in the content so that they can continue to weave their new knowledge throughout their school.

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Home Connections

I recently finished facilitating at an elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina. We had a terrific group and the discussions were wonderful. After the week ended, I received an email from a participant that I just had to, in part, share. Here’s her story (edited for length)

Christine, a kindergarten teacher, has a 6 year old son.

“He is an amazing kid and I love him to death, but as I learned through the training, he does have some weaknesses in Attention. So during the week, I was thinking about some of the issues we have and how we can get a better grip on them.”
“So in the morning, we have difficulty “getting it moving”…I have to be at work at 8(which is also his school!) so…I decided to use the Student Profile Management model…..”
“So…I had one of the most remarkable conversations with Jack that I ever had just by asking him what he was good at and what he wanted to make better….I never thought to ask my own son what he thought was a weakness and how he could make it better…it seems so simple….but I tend to want to “fix it by trying this wonderful strategy to help you with your problem” without fully involving you!”
WHAT POWER that had! He is so excited about doing this!!!!
SO….thank you….Schools Attuned….All Kinds of Minds….etc!!!!!!!”
Christine’s email and experience with her son were powerful and reminded me that viewing our own worlds through the neurodevelopmental framework can have as much impact on us as we hope to have on our students.