Teacher-remedial education collaboration: detecting delays at the start of the year

As we can imagine, the confinement of last spring had consequences on the progress of the learning of some students. Here is an idea of collaboration for screening and the establishment of recovery strategies, to put forward now!

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Catherine Turcotte, professor in the Department of Specialized Education and Training at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) suggests a collaboration between teachers and remedial teachers that could be achieved quite simply in the current context.

Despite the fact that school professionals are already overwhelmed, she recalls that it is important to work together to identify students who may have accumulated "small delays" due to the spring confinement.

Here is his recommendation. If a teacher suspects or observes particular difficulties in a student, he can validate the situation by having him undergo small screening tests. "For example, the teacher can prepare reading tests with reading comprehension exercises, or have short texts written to detect specific gaps while respecting the level where the pupil should be", he indicates. it.

With the results in hand, the teacher will then consult the school remedial teacher so that he or she can guide him or her on the actions to be taken quickly. Very targeted activities may be offered to the student, without necessarily having to be an official consultation. In the context where the lists tend to lengthen to consult a specialist, this collaboration becomes essential. Indeed, it could allow some students to catch up with "minor delays" and prevent them from getting worse. 

“If the same type of difficulty is detected in several students, why not organize a few recovery sessions in small groups? It could be during lunch hour or after class when possible, ”she suggests.

Ms. Turcotte is convinced that, for students who do not have learning disabilities, but who simply have to catch up because of the context, this way of doing things can give them a solid helping hand.

Without too much pressure

Isabelle Gadbois, president of the Association des orthopédagogues du Québec, very favorably welcomes Ms. Turcotte's proposal. “The collaboration between teachers and remedial teachers is even more decisive at the moment. "

She adds that teachers from previous levels, who worked with students last year, can also become good allies to validate certain observations. Were there any difficulties already present? Have new ones been added or even absorbed?

Without minimizing the need for some students to catch up, the president nevertheless wishes to remind professionals not to put too much pressure on themselves with screening. “You always have to ask yourself: 'late compared to what? ". The Quebec school program is a learning continuum, there is a way to reorganize the content to ensure that students can arrive at the end of the year with the same learning baggage ”.

Madame Gadbois also uses a metaphor to illustrate her point: “If you have been sick this week and have not eaten, will you eat 21 meals on Saturday? Of course not! You will start to eat again gradually to replenish your nutrients. It should be exactly the same with school learning. "

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Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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