student support, school climate, school relationships, learning styles, alternative school
Tara: How might parents and teachers work together?
Mita: I think perhaps looking at what it is that—looking at the kids as individuals.
Mita: What are their specific needs? Do they need academic support? Do they need emotional support? Um, who are their peers? Are they the caregivers for their peers, which means that they might require a little bit more in terms of how to be a caregiver without taking on too much.
Mita: What are your extra-curricular activities? What are your other needs that might interfere with how you learn? And how do you learn? Are you a visual learner, are you a book learner, is this working for you, is it rote memory? Are you being challenged without having to, um, set aside something that you really love doing? Where, where, if your interest is in this type of reading or if it’s in this type of activity, are you being pulled back from that because it doesn’t fit in with what you are steered to do academically? That, that if this is your form of learning, how can that come in–I went to an alternative school, and, um, one of the things that we did was study in depth how people learn. That not everybody learns the same way, our two are very different in how they learn–we have one rote learning and one experiential learner. She–one needs to have her hands in there to try to figure it out by doing, the other will sit back and watch and say okay, so how–give me the Coles Notes on this one and I’ll figure it out.