Friday, November 25, 2016

What's a Student of Wonder? Why Case Management?


The education system is highly influenced by the health care profession. So much so, that we have adopted ‘Case Management’ into our very own school system.  According to the National Case Management Network of Canada, Case Management is a “collaborative, client driven provision of high quality health and support services through the effective and efficient use of resources...”

What Does Case Management Looks Like at Your School?
Our administrators have created a Case Management period once a week where teachers will get internal coverage for their classrooms so that they can have the opportunity to sit together as a team of professionals and share strategies and resources to support their “students of wonder”. Teams will meet approximately 4-5 times in a year and follow the progress of their student from beginning of the year until the end, after implementing the feedback from the team.

What Qualifies as a “Student of Wonder”?
A student of wonder is someone in each class which is struggling to meet grade level either academically or in learning skills. The teacher has exhausted all accommodations and support they have in their toolbox and may feel “stuck”. However, a teacher has carefully selected this student because they feel they have the potential to grow and achieve, with the support/advice and problem-solving of the entire team’s input.


How is this any Different than an In-School Team Meeting?
These meetings are intended to be an intervention before pursuing the Special Education Track. Students of wonder tend to have a growth plan in place and are flagged incase further Special Educational support needs to be pursued.

What is your reflection of Case Management?
Last year, I brought forth a student of wonder from my SSC. My question of inquiry was: how can we as a team, support the successful transition of my student socially from the SSC back into the regular classroom on a full time basis? This student was meeting the academic goals and needed some extra support making the transition a positive one socially. I found that the team brainstormed many ideas and strategies I never would have come up with alone and I really found it beneficial for both myself, as well as for my student. This year, I have a student of wonder for a math class I am taking. Already in just 2 months, this student has "moved up the landscape" (I am referring of course to Cathy Fosnot's Landscape of Learning), through the subsequent tasks my team and I have created.

 As a facilitator of Case Management this year in my school, I enjoy having the opportunity to sit in on each meeting and with each team of teachers. I am learning how to refine my guiding questions for team members and learn many more strategies to support our struggling learners along the way as well! My hope is that more schools jump aboard the Case Management train, because it is well worth the time! :)

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