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Its nice to see so many new people arriving here. Please take a few moments to tell us about yourself, especially about your interests beyond the classroom.

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Kerri
PK ESE Resource Teacher in Lee County, FL

Hello all!
I am a PK ESE Resource teacher. I work at a PK Inclusion center within an elementary school. We have 5 Early Head Start/Head Start classrooms - 1 Inf/Toddler room, 1 Three yr old room, and 3 Four year old classrooms - which include students with special needs (ESE - Exceptional Student Education) in each classroom. I LOVE MY JOB!! I am a resource for teachers, parents, assistants, and get to work daily with all the PK students in the classrooms. I am a firm believer in inclusion - ESPECIALLY in early childhood. I have seen amazing success at my school. Amazing!
Kerri

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Virginia Largent
Director of the Virginia Beach School of the Arts

Welcome Deborah! Kudos for your teacher's heart and love for the kids and the art of teaching. I have also worked with students with special needs and they all loved music so much, I went on a quest to integrate more of it into my lessons plans. They really liked Acadamiacs.com. Here is a link for you : http://www.acadamiacs.com/ There are over 2000 educational songs for grades pre k - 12. we can now test & evaluate those students who cannot write just by having them sing the songs which contain the information. Even our non verbal population engages in the learning process - they LOVE the music and respond to the movement. Good luck! :)

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April
SLP from VA

Hi there! I am a Speech Language Pathologist in an elementary school in the mountains of Virginia. This is my third year working in the schools. I love using technology with my students and am always looking for new ideas!

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Virginia Largent
Director of the Virginia Beach School of the Arts

Hello & welcome April! It's nice to meet you! Since you are a SLP and are looking for tech resources, you will not find a better one than Acadamiacs.com! Here is a link for you: http://www.acadamiacs.com/ Singing is the best thing for kids with speech problems I've been told. There are over 2000 educational songs for grades preK-12 in 38 different subject areas. Let me know what you think! happy singing!

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Brynnmar
Special Education Teacher Ohio

Hi All!!! My name is Brynn some people think it is Brian, but not it is pronounced Brin. I have been teaching Special Ed for 7 years and I love every second about it. I love the fact they have come up with a website where we can all share ideas with one another. I am currently in the process of switching school districts and starting my Autistic Unit. I am looking for any ideas from anyone who is a veteran in this area. What do you recommend for the classroom (i.e. materials or tools to help students like weighted blankets, timers, etc) and the easiest way to collect data? My idea is to set up center based learning centers and am unsure of whether or not this would work at the high school level? Please let me know and really look forward to anything and all anyone can provide me!!!

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Deanna Taylor
Educational Support Services Director; Service Learning Coordinator

Hi! I am a veteran teacher of 31 years, but relatively "new" to Special Education. Originally certified in secondary music, I became certified in sped in 1999, and eventually became Special Education Director in my current placement. I have always worked in secondary schools. I recently completed my second masters degree, with a concentration in Transition for students with disabilities.

The school where I work is small - about 250 students in grades 7-12. The sped population hovers around 25% (that's just IEPs). I also manage the 504 plans and students at risk for disabilities. All together I manage about 70 students. That is in addition to all the other hats I wear. I have 4 great staff members that are classified as paras, although they all have college degrees and some are licensed teachers. I am excited to learn things from people in this group, especially about transition. I'm interested in technology and generally "thinking outside the box"!

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Hello everyone!
I am a preservice teacher at Elizabethtown College. I am in my senior year finalizing my degree in early childhood education and special education. I have learned so much from the many converstaions on this group. Thank you for your insight and fantastic tips!

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Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Welcome, Brittany. We're glad the community has been of help.

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Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi, I'm Dan Callahan. I spent eight years teaching Special Education in Pennsylvania before I moved to Massachusetts and lucked into my current job as an Instructional technology Specialist.

Of course, most of my technology lessons look like reading and writing lessons that just happen to use technology. You can take the teacher out of special ed, but you can't take the special ed out of the teacher.

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