inspiration, soi-ipp

How I Became an SOI & IPP Practitioner

The truth is, I found SOI by accident! I became a certified teacher in the field of physical education, but the reality is that I have never used my degree in a traditional sense. My first teaching job was as an instructional assistant working in a Life Skills classroom. I followed that with a position for two years as an instructional assistant working one-on-one with an autistic student.

I took a break because my granddaughter needed a caregiver who was familiar with her specific medical issues, but four years later, I was able to get back into a classroom when a private school asked me to come and teach grades six to eight. I was happy to take on the challenge.

It was at this private school that I was first introduced to SOI/IPP. I have to tell you, I was hooked right away! The whole concept intrigued me. When the private school did an offshoot charter, I transferred over to teaching for the charter school. The new addition specialized in at-risk students and was based upon the SOI concept.

I continued to be fascinated by SOI and was really enjoying learning from the wonderful woman doing the training. I was always asking her questions! One day she said, “Judy, why don’t you think about becoming SOI Basic trained?” I thought, “Why not?”

It was at this time that the charter school was moved to another location. In the midst of the move, I got my training and became one of two SOI specialists at the school. SOI made such a difference in the students and their learning. Every student was making progress on their state testing. But Continue reading “How I Became an SOI & IPP Practitioner”

Classrooms, learning skills

Summer Means Smarter

As a teacher and SOI Practitioner, summer is a time of relaxation, recreation, and connecting with friends and family. However, I have found it’s also a time to work on needed foundational learning abilities with students in my school and other schools in our area. Parents have more free time to bring their children to our center, and some parents are looking for ways to keep their children’s minds and bodies engaged in learning.

Juggling sessions around kids’ vacations and other summer activities can be challenging!

We created a Summer Punch Card where parents could buy 16, 12, or 8 sessions. Parents received a discount for buying more sessions for the summer. Each time a student comes to our center, we punch the number and date it so we could keep track of how many sessions they complete.

Another idea to keep students working on motor skills and cognitive training is to host a Summer Camp. Last year, our camp was very successful and we are looking forward to our July camp next month!

Our camp is from 9 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday for 3 weeks. We group students in small groups of 4-5 students according to age and ability. The students do rotations with special activities designed to improve physical and mental skills. Of course Continue reading “Summer Means Smarter”