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edu180atl: patty nathan 10.3.12

The second year for the Middle School is off to a great beginning. We created a real middle school experience where they change classes rather than move as a class as in previous years. Each student had four classes last year while this year they have six academic classes in addition to the specialists…art, music, and PE. This is a heavy load for our population of dyslexic students, but they adjusted to their new routines, schedules and teachers.

I attribute the success of the transition to the faculty. The teachers know each child’s strengths and weaknesses. They support the children with their organization challenges and individual accommodations. Without asking, the teachers jump in and help their colleagues and spend additional time with students making sure they understand the material. Without an outstanding faculty it is difficult to have quality learning and support in the classroom.

About the author: Patty Nathan is currently the Middle Division Director and IT Specialist at the Swift School. She has two married sons, one granddaughter, two grandcats and one granddog.

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