The Learning Lab means a lot of different things to me. I crafted the idea of a Learning Lab a long time ago when I was in graduate school. I had this 'dream', a philosophy or an idea that no child should feel singled out. No child should feel embarrassed to get extra help or pulled from class. I have talked to many adults about how when they were young they felt embarrassed that they had dyslexia and went to the resource room.
I think the Learning Lab is a place where kids get small group instructions. Where students discover their passion. Where there is warmth from adults and help if you need it. It's a place where it is safe to make mistakes. Where other kids don't make fun of you for struggling with something. Instead they celebrate your accomplishments and support your struggles.
The whole point of the Learning Lab is to include lots of learners. If you receive Tier 2 instruction (see future blog post) you get to go to the Learning Lab. If you get IEP support you go to the Learning Lab and if you need a calm place to talk you are also welcome. On behalf or the Learning Lab department I'd like to welcome you! Feel free to stop by and see us!
All the best,
*who shares her room with Mrs. Minas, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Francisco and Ms. Lorentz