Support Teachers: Literacy and Numeracy (ST:LaN)
The ST:LaN work assessing students and providing intervention programs to those children with high levels of learning difficulties. The ST:LaN write and implement specific programs for our Learning Support students. They also provide programming and training for teacher aides to work with small groups.
The ST:LaN also play a major role in the collection and analysis of whole school diagnostic assessments, and provide feedback to classroom teachers on areas for improvement at a whole class level.
Early Intervention Program
At the end of term 1 the prep teachers have screened every student in their class on an Early Literacy Screener. The results are given to the ST:LaN to analyse and select specific students requiring early intervention. At the beginning of Term 2, Prep students receive an intervention program designed to specifically focus on oral language, phonological awareness and fine motor skills.
At Caningeraba, we have many volunteers who help in delivering a number of support programs. Many of our volunteers work with the Support-A-Reader Program. In this program, they listen to children read and assist them with decoding and comprehension strategies. Children from years 2-6 enjoy the one on one attention and the chance to read to someone they gradually build a rapport with. Volunteers are trained at the school by either the support staff or our Head of Curriculum.
Our volunteers also implement our Support-A-Talker Program. The speech language pathologist along with the ST:LaN train the volunteers to assist children in Prep and Year 1 with talking and listening skills. This is extremely important as oral language is the base for all learning. We also have volunteers who assist the ST:LaN to deliver literacy programs to students in years 5 and 6.
We truly value the wonderful work our volunteers do in delivering our range of support programs here at Caningeraba State School.