Student Support Services



THE STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM

The Student Support Department consists of four support teachers; a reading specialist, a counselor, learning support specialist and an ELL (English Language Learning) teacher. These support teachers work with teachers and students to provide the most effective learning environment for all students.

All students receive meaningful and equitable access to the curriculum. This enhances their motivation to learn from multiple perspectives, through collaborative teaching approaches. These outcomes include improved academic skills, leading to increased self-esteem, and more positive relationships with others in the community. MEF IS supports inclusion practices when supporting students.



LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER

TThe learning support teacher provides students and teachers with strategies to assist students with their academic growth in writing and mathematics. The learning support teacher collaborates with classroom teachers in order to utilize materials to extend the inquiry process and monitor the needs of students in their classes.

Individual students are supported to enable them to access the curriculum through differentiation. The learning support teacher identifies the learning style of the student, scaffolds their learning, and differentiates the curriculum so that each student can be successful and optimize their true potential. Through these positive interactions, students gain self-confidence and build a knowledge base for the classroom curriculum.

Students can also receive assistance in the following areas:
  organizational skills
  study skills
  time management
  note-taking skills
  fine motor skills
  work habits



READING SPECIALIST

The MEF IS Reading Specialist works with students during Guided Reading and Literature Circle activities. The reading specialist generally works with small groups of students or team teaches with the classroom teacher; both styles are used to create more individualized instruction for students. A variety of teaching methods are used to help students develop skills in the areas of:
  Comprehension
  Phonemic Awareness
  Phonics
  Vocabulary
  Fluency

Collaboration between the Reading Specialist and classroom teachers is integral in order to utilize materials for extending the inquiry process and to monitor the needs of students in each class. There are also many reading resources available for teachers and parents to use as they work with students at all stages of their learning


ENGLISH LANGAGE LEARNER TEACHER

The ELL support teachers work with teachers and students to support students in acquiring the language of instruction in order to communicate personal needs, develop relationships and access the school curriculum. Learning experiences are planned within meaningful, sociable and enjoyable contexts, enabling the learner to acquire language for the purpose of communicating.

The ELL teachers are part of the Student Support Team to support individual students English language development by supporting ELL beginner students to communicate their needs, understand school routines and engage socially. The ELL teachers support the students in developing vocabulary, language structures, and reading skills to access and develop competency within the Units of Inquiry as well as other areas of the curriculum.


 


COUNSELOR

The counselor supports students emotionally, socially and academically by collaborating with teachers and parents.

Students are counselled individually and in groups to develop an understanding of self and others, peer relations, coping strategies, effective social skills and self esteem. Assessments are conducted at school when needed and to help prepare behavioral management plans.

The counsellor also consults with external psychologists and other specialists when needed.


The counselor is responsible for PSE (Personal and Social Education) by teaching each grade level once a week. Topics are in parallel with the unit of inquiry of the week and activities are mainly focusing on IB Learner Profile and Attitudes. PSE lessons aim that students reflect on themselves, their experiences, and the process of learning in order to support personal growth and their ongoing commitment to personal, social and physical well-being. The development of a student's well-being is implicitly and explicitly addressed through all areas of the curriculum.

The counselor also leads the Student Council and works with the volunteers for creating a better school climate for students.

The counselor gives parent and teacher seminars on different topics.