Resource room is a separate classroom in the school staffed by Special Education teachers.
They are teachers trained to work with children with learning difficulties.
The learning difficulties encompasses the following:
Children with learning difficulties in one or more of the above mentioned areas are included in the resource room based on teacher’s feedback and an informal screening by the special educators in the resource room.
The outcome of the screening is discussed with the parents and consent is taken for inclusion into the resource room.
How does the resource room work?
The resource room functions on the principle of inclusion model where , he/she is pulled out during the lighter period of the day’s time table.
( yoga drawing, music, library, shloka, pottery are the lighter periods )
The child’s preference to miss the light period is given importance.
Individual needs are supported in the resource room and are defined by student Individualised educational program( IEP) which is discussed with parents and reviewed periodically.
The resource room teachers work closely with the child’s regular classroom teachers and the parents to ensure support is indeed helping the student to reach their full potential.
The resource help( eg: reading out questions, monitoring their levels of attention to carry out task on hand till completion ) is also extended to the children during their periodic reviews and worksheets.
This academic year the resource teachers have tailor made a reading program for class 1 children. The objective being , to help children become fast and fluent readers and develop general reading as a habit.
The Student Counselor’s role is to support emotional development of students and help in resolving some issues which the student might be experiencing in school.
Having to meet a Counselor is no indication of a psychological problem.
Everyone needs someone to talk to, someone who can be non -judgmental, and someone who is confidential and is willing to listen. This is the basic methodology of student counseling. Addressing emotional issues timely is important, as emotional difficulties manifest into performance reducing behavior and attitudes.
Counseling involves liaising between parents, teachers and students. Our counselor is also involved in various activities of the school as this helps in rapport-building with the students and the follow-up, which helps in observing any change in the student.
Occasionally, she will also have interactive class-room sessions with the middle school and high school students to discuss issues and ideate. This happens in an informal setting where students can open up and talk freely. She gives feed back to the teachers based on the classroom discussions.
Personal counseling is provided for self referred, referred students and the rest of the school community. Students are free to come individually or as group to resolve issues.
The school based intervention provides an experience that will strengthen a child’s coping abilities to counter environmental stress and have a sense of belongingness to a supportive school community.
A trained career counselor will guide students mainly in the areas of: self understanding, understanding the world of work, developing career alternatives and career preparation.
Class X students are given an aptitude test conducted by the Promise Foundation. Completed tests are sent to their centre for scoring and report generation.
Career reports are sent back to the careers co-coordinators who have been trained to interpret each report in individual sessions with participants. Specific focus is brought to bear on skills for helping the student link personal interests and aptitudes with career options.
To expose our high school students to different careers we also organize a ‘Careers day’ on our school campus. We have many volunteers, including our ex-students and parents who are in different and interesting professions come and interact with students and give valuable insights into the chosen profession.
There are new possibilities coming up in every field and this has opened up a whole new line of professions and careers. The careers our students will get into haven’t been even invented today!
Children do better in School when parents get involved. Periodic Parent-Teacher meetings are convened to brief the parents about their wards academic progress and also their social behaviour.
A positive Parent-Teacher relationship contributes immensely to the child’s school success.