GROW is a positive word that describes the students from Special Education. To grow means to develop, progress and to improve in all aspects because we believe that our students are larger than life. To grow in love, hope and faith is our main objective. Thus, the unit aims to give opportunities to all the students who are really good in certain areas yet they do not have the courage and confidence to show it. Some have hidden talents. We are responsible to bring them out and hone them. Being a Lasallian, GROW means Green, like plants around us they need sunlight, water and fresh air to grow. We, as Special Educators, have the duties and responsibilities to guide the students and help them GROW to live and become an important part of the society someday. To grow is to change for the better, not like anyone else but become the best version of themselves.


GROW Unit Programs

Self-Contained Program

One on one online session will be done for 40 minutes. This class prepares the students to be engaged in general education setting. Attending skills, sitting skills, fine and gross motor skills are the primary target skills in this placement. This program aims to develop more appropriate and acceptable behaviors as well as to provide pre-academic skills activities.

Integration Program

Two hour online session with a group of student (3-5 students). Groupings will depend on their level. They will also be included in the non-academic subjects of the regular class such as Agricultural Arts, P.E, Music, Arts, TLE, Computer Education and/or Club Time (for Grades 4 to 10 only) on the second quarter. This placement aims to develop the socio-emotional skills of the students and to provide them opportunities to deal with regular children.

Mainstreaming Program

Two hour online session with a group of student (3-5 students). Groupings will depend on their level. The student’s mother station under this placement is still the GROW Unit. He will be placed in regular class if and only if he/she meets the specific admission requirements. A student under this placement has the capabilities coping with academic subjects of his/her level such as English, Math and Science.

Inclusion Program

The Inclusion Program (IncP) is a credited placement program wherein the students attend the regular class full time. He is graded like a regular student, receives the same instruction and follows regular curriculum. He meets with his case manager for at least one hour three times a week after his regular class.

FLEXIBLE ALTERNATIVE REMOTE MODALITIES

Flexible Learning Modality as described by IGI Global means “a learning design perspective deeply rooted in the needs of students, with the main objective being to provide them with the most flexibility about the learning content, schedules, access, and learning styles as possible. A flexible learning design customizes learning environments to meet the needs of learners, using both technological and non-technological tools.”

We will be using this definition in our context. Students will be given two learning environments: full online learning or home-based offline learning.

FULL ONLINE LEARNING

Learners with strong and stable internet connection shall access learning materials through SeeSaw or MS Team as the main platforms because we are subscribed to MS 365. The learning material will depend on the need of the student. Google Classrooms, Edmodo, FB/Messenger Chat, Canvas and the like may also be used to augment or supplement the official LMS. Access and accomplishment shall be based on students’ learning pace subject to the system timetable.

For BED, use of FB/ Messenger for pupils and students of BED as the primary means of communication and platform for online learning is highly discouraged under the directives from the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Information, Communication, and Technology (DICT). Also, the use of these social media applications entails users should be at least 13 years old and above. Hence, open-source learning management like Seesaw, MS Teams Chat and official DLSAU email are the encouraged avenues to facilitate online learning and communication.

SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

Synchronous learning in an online setting include the following:
  • Scheduled quizzes and tests
  • Scheduled chat room time for students to share ideas
  • Scheduled video conferences or group phone calls
  • Live streamed lectures or demonstrations
Asynchronous Learning uses other tools and systems to allow the instructor and students to interact on their own schedules. These may include:
  • Recorded presentations, such as slideshows and videos
  • Email
  • Discussion boards
  • Social media groups
  • Collaborative documents in the cloud
While Asynchronous learning allows students to access materials, ask questions, and practice their skills at any time that works for them, Synchronous learning requires attendance at scheduled meetings or lectures. While this could be in person in a traditional classroom, the term is most often applied to online courses. In addition, for BED, if unforeseen circumstances affect the attendance (e.g., internet connectivity issues, emergencies), the parent/ authorized guardian should inform the teacher in advance or at least within the day of the scheduled online class.

HOME-BASED OFFLINE LEARNING

This is for learners who are unable to access online due to limited internet connectivity. The University printed learning materials, lesson module, and/or course packs shall be made and readily available for the learners twice a quarter. For BED, the materials will be available the 1st week until a week before MQT while the second set will be available during the MQT period until two weeks before the QT period. The learning materials may be picked up at school by the student’s authorized representative or through an official courier service. Output of the learning modules/formative assessments may also be submitted by the same representative or courier.

The use of both learning environments will have to be carefully deliberated by the entire DLSAU academic team that ensures the continuous and convenient ways to facilitate learning despite the current crisis. Open communication shall be observed so that learners may access their mentors at anytime from anywhere.

Proposed program based on the nature of learners enrolled. To be implemented on the latter half of the school year based on the guidelines and recommendation of IATF.
  • One on One Homeschooling Program
  • Teach on Wheels