I've been teaching children with emotional and learning disabilities and children with autism in the New York City Department of Education for 22 years. I've also coached teachers and given workshops/professional developments in behavior management techniques and technology. I've been the technology liaison, teacher, and coach at 6 sites for 12 years.
I begin with the philosophy that one must respect, understand, and enjoy the people that he or she is working with and teaching. Every class, every year, is different. I like to develop new lesson plans or tweak old ones, according to the needs of the individuals and how they fit into the class dynamic, from year to year. It's important to be able to improvise according to the needs of the moment. I am consistent in my approach. The kids need to know what to expect according to the work they do and the behaviors that they exhibit. This, however, does not mean that "one size fits all". Different needs are met through modifying (differentiating) both curriculum and method of delivery. I believe in the proactive use of Confronting-Contracting and Rules/Rewards/Consequences in classroom behavior management. I like to use my imagination when planning my lessons. Experience has taught me that incorporating a healthy dose of humor is indispensable in all areas of education. People like to laugh and so do I. Making a lesson fun can make all the difference in the world for many of the students we teach. Although I am a trained technology teacher and coach, I do not adhere to the concept of a technology driven classroom. I am a firm proponent of incorporating technology as a PART of the classroom routine, with immediate teacher and class social, educational, and emotional interactions being the central focal point. This is not, however, to downgrade the importance and effectiveness of technology as a teaching tool. The kids love it and the benefits are outstanding. With that said, however; in my world, the pencil and paper are just as important and effective as the computer or any other technology driven device.
NYC District 75 Best Practices Award for an iPad project called "Design-A-Mood" (for students with emotional disabilities).
Bachelor of Individual Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University Masters in Special Education from Long Island University (Brooklyn)
I write, play, and teach music of all styles. My main instrument is the guitar. Electric and acoustic.