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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 06, 1985, Page Page 5-A, Image 5

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u Special Class Act BY TERRY POPE Seventh-grader David Rhodes will probably always remember the 1984-85 school year. It was the year David learned to read his first words. "He didn't even know the alphabet last year," said Jo Gaughan, a volunteer in Emma Lou Edwards' Shallots Middle School exceptional childrens' class. "He was really turned off to reading. It was affecting the morale of the rest of the group." Ms. Gaughan introduced David to the Laubach method of reading in January', an adult reading program that uses phonics, or the sounds that different combinations of letters make to help students decode words phonetically. After just five months of twice a week oneon-one tutoring sessions, David is now reading at a second-grade level. "We went in there and the first day I learned something," David now recalls. "The second day, it was the same thing." David liked the idea of learning to read by using a program designed for adults, Ms. Gaughan said. If he works hard next year, David will be reading at a fifthgrade level as an eighth-grade student, after just two v on ? \ rmjfo* J & <u| ?tm ?-.1^5 H /? -flP- i !& H r ft IW?' ' \ SCHOOL VOLUNTEER Jo Gaughan, standing, worked with student David Rhodes this year to teach him to ' read. Ms. Gaughan also introduced the students to the ? * * 5 CALABASH * ^ I urn At Stoplight Toward The W * | Saturday, * PUBLIC WELCOME : ^ '^idi xit n U\ utt fitxt at S !? ? i ff C ataC a\fi Stfx. fiafit aou tnjoy youx <J out wilautanf Of tfie \e t * any thin y use ^ (rette x xuit you t need i feet fxee to a Kr AfTtTOULS ? fSrw. Co?ki** ? Oti C?.kaiJ Uts. wr Sr* ''-Aft fhow^rr rf Otf r 5 Sm; Dw i-m FLfcJ? EAJtLY KJtD smuu . ? r ? t. ? ^ K.? P-*v i-C SA'^t w-?< ? . r>ft ' M K.? Kmc f'! Qkm* % -< m ?-w ? e a_d ^ Qsckn ^ ??*? 'MM w> ?--? '?U AM p-:r?m A* ?-?< Am Km. ? i : Shrf * ^ rt?M m inn ?vc u v, ? L*rf? n . i? >?n c?a? "^C Se-fcJ S**A*iJ fitmrf r. *. ? >*? ow. M?iw u rumu 5 k, a 1 suJ-r*; 1 _ ?? -k \ I " i i 1 ? J? ?? ^ y ^ ^ ^ ^ "jy ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ y * nder 1 lieved Goals In'* years of lessons, she said. "The first day he read a sentence he shouted, 'I rea that! I actually read that!' " Ms. Gaughan said. David suffers from dyslexia, a difficulty in readin nftpn PQI1CaH hi' cnmo fnrm nf hroin ^icorvlnf ^ .uuuvu WJ wutKV >Vi 111 Vi Ul QUI UlOVl UV 1 . LiOVIl VI IU 17 classmates in the exceptional childrens' class also sui fer from some form of learning disability?ranging fror autism, severe emotional problems to deafness. At the first of the year, David refused to study hi reading assignments with his classmates, who were u: ing the Palo Alto Reading Program. He was also havin difficulty attending school, Ms. Edwards said. "He just didn't have any self-esteem at all," Ms. E( wards said. "I'm thinking of next year maybe startin some of the other students on the Laubach program." Ms. Gaughan, a retired third-grade school teachc from New Jersey, now lives at Carolina Shores. Sf volunteers to help teach the class two days each week, ii ing Laubach materials she obtains through the Hon County Literacy Council. She learned of the need ft school volunteers through an advertisement in a loci nourcnonar "For me, it's great," she said. "It gives me a chanc M >III " I ^ /" II! computer. Ms. Kd wards called Mr. Gaughan "a blessing" (or the clans. ELKS RES1 Hterfronl? Phone 579-4600 June 8 4:3( it>79 1 'itlt la 1 ilk can do 1 f I vy>,*ik*j * * 1 ***** , y 1 f.k*ibtm r +. 'WM mm..4 ml f# I* I ?? W *? ' W l? I ?-v *-? ? 1 I .'MliM ^??!/ 'UMi II < raw 1 ?? I IM I tmttnt **?? ? w ... \ I w I \ ^ ** I B* 44 CM ? ^ *%?? \ ' * | t # ? C,mt ?<?M mm t | ' k?l . m. ?vti < ? | ALL AB THE thesu 34-85 School Year to use some of the things I've learned. It's good to retire, d but it's still good to be able to help." The pages of David's reading books have been g laminated in clear plastic by Shallotte Middle School s librarian Kay Coleman. David takes the books f- everywhere he goes. If Principal Mark Owens comes to n view the classroom, David "makes him stand in the doorway and listen to him read," Ms. Edwards said, .s Ms. Coleman recalled how David would come to 5- school at the first of the year, often dressed in dirty g clothes and in need of a haircut. Since he began reading and working on computers in the library, his whole at1 titude toward school has changed, she said. He now keeps g his hair neat, his clothes clean and has also become a role model for the class. r "We took them and let them work on a computer here le in the library to make them realize that without reading s- skills you can't function in society," Ms. Gaughan said, y "The computer is one tool that is maybe making them >r realize that they need to learn to read." jl Using computer programs obtained by the school through the Minnesota Educational Computer Consor:e tium, some students are learning basic math, such as addition and multiplication problems on the Apple lie model computer. Other students who have more difficul in icmuuig are using uie coinpuier 10 pertorm exercises that teach directions, such as left from right. "They've gone from beginning counting to one group which Is working on multiplications," said Ms. Edwards. The class is divided into six different reading groups in the mornings, while "practically no one is doing the same thing," she added. "If you saw them last year and compared them to this year," said Ms. Gaughan, "you could see that they have made tremendous progress. They learn a lot orally, jj through ftlmstrips and television shows. "You arc constantly tiaving to cope with their inm dividual differences," she added. "They have a wide ? span of abilities." Earlier in the year, all 18 students were each given a 3 budget of $20 and taken to a shopping center in Shallottc where they were to purchase different items. One student bought only items for a cold while others planned meals. "It was to show them how important reading really is," Ms. Edwards said. "Willi a limited budget, they reul ly am realize now mucn reuutng arm counting means. j Some of them blew it." "I went way over," David added, k Eighteen students in u self-contained exceptional I childrens classroom is considered a "very large class," V Ms. Edwards said. To begin the school year, you must I work with each student, "Just start them where they arc, I It takes time," she added. "Ms. Gaughan has been a blessing," she said. "She ii as dedicated to them us I am. When she's here they con skder her n teacher, too. She's one in u million." last Friday was Ms. Gaughan's last day of workin "* 7^/7 A ^7 JE rAURANT )PM Mt* KVTUM *T 4 a* wt Mf ??Ma ??' -???' r?t k>fa - , _ I* 4 tolM Mf ? *1 ? '?*' ??* ? " I* * M.a ?.?< f?mma M > * * a n> UM W.. 1M <m> > -?? ;?njii i? ? *M t* ' * I** .itii :ZZ~ " W-L ' * I HJ. / ^"~-i hu..? m I ?* (MM ' SMM Ml MAM4 M M? >*1 . tal ^ ^W. cm I w, U ( tVAfT I f'** u arMl wi?Mai M ??*> ?4 I **"' ?.... .to . t?M I * I ' y> tm **? in I "**" I I . .. I I ??, C PERMITS BRUNSWICK BEACON. Thursday, June 6, 19S5?Page 5-A i-ill HI11!"1" I Mr iHI STAO PMOtOSSY Tt**Y POM EXCEPTIONAL children's Instructor Emma I>ou Edwards watches as student Stuart Carter uses the computer to practice math problems. Allen Lowery awaits his turn. with the students for the school year. The students gave her a potted plant and each sinned their name to n coril that Ms. Edwards read to them. Ms. Gaughan told the students she will be back next year. Also returning will be aide Anthony Price, who Ms. Gaughan said lias been "a good Image for the boys." Price left a private business in Shallottc to return to the teaching field this year. Working with exceptional children is something ho enjoys, he said. "1 think I've become pretty close to some of the students," Price said. "Having a male around thnt they can talk to mcaas a lot. Some of the older guys may have problems *-i growing up and they talk about those problems with me." In May, Price helped take IB exceptional children from Brunswick County including three from Uie Shallottc Middle classroom, to the N.C. Special Olympics in Charlotte. The three Shallottc Middle students returned with a gold medal in the Softball throw. "One thing I was pleased with was their interaction with other students," Price said. At a rest stop along the way, the students were also fascinated by u passing train. Many had never seen a train before, and it even nuido Price stop to think how special ihc children and the moment really was. i "My students arc not like students though," Ms. Ed wards said. "We do lmvc a student-toucher rolattousldp, Uit It'* more UVu- u (amity. Many students nu?y come y froin ted hon es, but hero we're Just tike a faintly." r if? * ? ? ? ? ? PUBLIC WSLCOMK ? ? Aimtc* ^ f -?r? ? ?"4 ?aa Mm m Wfc?? ? ?4 i ?,?< I k? W 4 fw4 >??al<U< J i?4?| " f <k M/ |*?M| ?M l>ab*i *> MM MM ', l ? Vt ?M-4 r-4M ' ?f?aAM M ? lay M ^ " 1/ ? ! < >?yi?.a ' t*r?M * * ?aAm4 m* <kA?? ' * Mm tmm.1 A# >??..? Ml li.Mw Ik->? a? |?m?4 ?? ' m?m| M?N| !*? ay i?t r?? ? * ?4 Kg *t ?*?.? ~j~J ?? n-M *?a4 a~? Ual W N* t M ***/? imziw A HP i uru/oi ^ ? ? .? )?< M* hwl'M> ? ruala m/W? 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