I'm a retired educator with 35 years of experience. 20 years as a special education teacher, 15 years as a 6th grade teacher of English, Science and Social Studies.
I believe teaching with empathy, humor, and a caring nature is very important. The kids need to know that a teacher cares about them. This can easily be accomplished by just talking to them, either as a class or individually.One needs to be able to joke with them and laugh at oneself, that way they know you are human. In addition to this, it is important to vary the types of activities done in the classroom. This can be accomplished by having the class work in groups, doing hands-on activities, computer quests, writing and acting in plays, seeing movies, playing games,etc. Since there are many learning styles, I tried to utilize most of them. Visuals for the visual learner, Oral activities, hands on experiences,etc.
Haven't received any, other than thanks from parents and children. That is enough for me.
I have an undergraduate degree in Special Education/Regular Education with a minor in Psychology. I have a masters in Learning Disabilities. I have a 6th year in Counseling.
Have worked with Computer Tots and taught pre-k and kindergarten computer skills.