I am a second-year teacher in special education for students identified as having intellectual disabilities. I am a self-contained teacher that teaches students on a modified curriculum. I have taught in an inclusion setting and am licensed in teaching ESOL as well.
I enjoy student-led discovery learning. As a child, I did not enjoy feeling as if all the lessons were teacher-led and lecture-based. I have multiple centers in my classroom, including a sensory center, a reading center, a computer center, a whole group area, a teacher-led area, and of course the quiet corner. I like to teach the whole group, allowing students to actively participate or facilitate discussion, then break off into differentiated instruction groups.
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I graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, including a reading and ESOL endorsement. I am currently attaining my master's degree at FIU in Special Education.
I chose to remain in special education because I felt that my students were being limited by the low expectations of others. I felt that it was my job to assume that they could succeed, given that the tools and resources I provided were appropriate for them. It is my hope that with my help and their own self-determination, that they will continue to progress and make learning gains.