I have been teaching a Functional Skills Classroom for students with moderate to severe disabilities for 6 years. While primarily a grades 6 through 8 class, there have been years where I have had 4th and 5th graders as well. My students range from working on basic concepts and life skills all the way up to resource-room level work. I have had several students with significant behavior challenges as well. I work hard to improve data-gathering practices and help my assistants gather accurate data easily.
My teaching style depends greatly on the students I have year-to-year. For my lower functioning students, I tend to use discrete trial training. For my higher functioning students, I use a combination of independent work binders, small group instruction and whole-class instruction.
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I received my Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. I went on to get my Masters degree in Special Education at Western Oregon University.
I am constantly working to improve the balance between my passion for my teaching career with my family life. This year has been a year of growth in this area as I now have an almost-one year old who has forced me to streamline and improve my classroom processes so that I am able to spend my evenings with her and my husband.