This post is part of a series of blogs by READ 180 classroom teachers about their experience both with the program and with students.
Do your students know how to compose and send an email? Do they know how to check for new messages and reply to them? Sure, they may be familiar with texting, Instagram, and snapping photos, but are they aware that email is an effective way to communicate with their teachers, parents, friends, and future "job" personnel? Hmm . . .
At a team meeting a few weeks ago, a parent mentioned that her child didn't understand what an email was. Well, that came as a surprise to me, as all students in our district have a school email address. The question posed by this parent prompted the Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L), Karen Foster, and I to finally implement a lesson we had talked about a year earlier.
Karen is an outstanding OTR/L who works directly with some of the System 44 students in my classroom. She addresses their needs during my whole-group and independent working rotations. After a few impromptu colleague discussions—that of course, occurred in between bells ringing and the four-minute passing time between classes—Karen mentioned that she would be willing to dive into how to teach email writing to students.
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