I have been a special education teacher for 15 years in the urban/high poverty setting. I believe that when you put the right tools and strategies in the hands of our children, they can truly accomplish anything! I love that my job is to help them find the right tools and learn the right strategies! I have taught special education Mild/Moderate in grades K-12 in the urban setting. I have taught inclusion as well as self-contained. I am an active member and leader of my schools Student Support Team helping to develop and monitor RTI. Currently I teach students in grades K-3 at a school that follows the International Baccalaureate Curriculum. My student population consists of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional disturbance, Sensory processing disorders, and Down Syndrome. I teach within the inclusion setting as well as small group specialized instruction within the resource room. Before I post anything on my TPT store, I have tried it and tweaked it. I personally use everything that is in my store. Since I use them, I am also constantly tweaking each product to make it better.
If I had to describe my teaching style in one word it would be Unpredictable! It is my students whom determine my teaching style each day. I plan the 'what ' of the lessons and they determine the 'how'. Sometimes we are writing quietly with soft music and other times we are Bear Crawling through the hallways. There is never a dull moment with my students. I am always anxious to see what the day holds!
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Bachelors of Education, Special Education Mild/Moderate age 5-21; Masters of Education,
Along with being a Special Education Teacher/Intervention Specialist, I am a wife and a full time Mom to four beautiful and amazing children. My children were the inspiration for starting my TPT store. I made a promise to my oldest son that we will make a trip to China (the birthplace of my children) when he turns 16. He is only 11 now and I knew that the savings process needed to start. So I set a 5 year goal and started my TPT store. We made a chart and hung it in the kitchen. I never realized what a powerful message and lesson this would turn into. Every time we achieved a $500 milestone, my children would take turns coloring in our progress chart in the kitchen. To all of our surprise, we have achieved our goal in just one year. But what is more powerful than the money earned is the lesson learned. They were able to experience from the start how to set a goal, learn how to do something new, stay committed, and reach a goal. I hope this lesson stays with them for years to come.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Speech Therapy, Winter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics