I have taught in a self-contained special education classroom for 12 years. I teach remedial math and reading, as well as life skills and functional communication. I have taught students with a variety of disabilities, ranging from Down Syndrome to Williams Syndrome to Asperger's. Most of my students this year have moderate intellectual disabilities with speech/language and occupational therapy needs.
My students love hands-on activities. In my class, we do science experiments, cut and paste activities, and lessons that tie in functional communication. Since communication is the basis of education, I believe it is important for students to be able to communicate effectively. I use a lot of picture clues with my students.
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I am a huge advocate for students with special needs! I have worked with them in Special Olympics outside of school. The joy that they bring to people's lives is something that should be experienced by all! I like to encourage people to get to know someone with a disability.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Arts & Music, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Health, Curriculum & Instruction, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Literature, Classroom Management, Statistics, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Cooking, Basic Reading, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Informational Text, Occupational Therapy, Vocational Education, Early Intervention, Phonics