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Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself

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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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Jan Palmer's picture

Nice to find this group. I have been teaching for 6 years and recently completed my Masters in Special Education focusing on Autism. I also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I looked specifically for a position where I could combine teaching practices with my knowledge of behaviour to provide a setting where students with severe behaviour challenges can grow and learn.

I was previously working at the high school level but have decided that I would like to reach students at a much younger age when behaviour and academic change will be far more effective.

I am in a school in Delta BC which supports both inclusion and supportive settings. I have 9 students(including one who is fully integrated)and two support staff. Designations include ASD, FASD, ADHD and mental health disorders. We incorporate best teaching practices and intensive instruction along with positive behaviour supports and ABA. It is exciting to see our students learn academically, emotionally and socially.

One very effective tool is using technology in various ways and I am here to learn more!

Jan Palmer MEd BCBA
www.janpalmer.ca

Madhu goteti's picture

[quote]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.[/quote]
Hey there,
For me,It's exciting to collaborate & build these links in an online settings. Honestly, I arrived @ this discussion board through random clicks,and it was something like the "aha" experience which makes me ,somehow,say this-" like begets like." And, needless to say ,but obvious to reveal,I am here to associate & interact with you all. Seriously, I am amazed at the pace @ which technology is galloping ahead in literally bringing "everything and anything" to our doorstep.
Recently, I have started mentoring/volunteering at an elementary school,and I used a few internet applications to instruct my students.Wow!!! it worked very well!! Atleast, for me, it was an icebreaker to connect with my international students.:)

BethS's picture

I have been in the field of special education for 12 years. I began teaching HS English at the residential school for the deaf (5 years). Then I moved to public school to do both self contained and inclusion support at the middle and junior high. For the past few years I have been the coordinator for the deaf education program in a public school cluster site program. In my spare time I am raising a 4 year old and 5 1/2 year old and sign language interpreting college classes.

Our biggest issue right now is the conflict between best practice and funding/state assessment stressors.

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ancntdrgn
AZ High School SPED Teacher

Hello everyone,
I am a first year sped teacher at a charter school split between two southern Arizona border towns. I see most everyone here has years of experience and I will love reading about it. I work with high school level students and am trying to get a handle on the best mode of operation. As a mom of a son who is 27 and has CP, I value inclusion like nobody's business. Yet, pull-out for direct instruction seems what might work in my schools. Kind of like block scheduling. I was also very interested in the Mentoring group and see there is such a need for support. Look forward to sharing and learning here.

Rachel Paley's picture

Hi, I am a parent of a 13-year-old girl with traumatic brain injury and many learning struggles. The great news is she can make simple academic progress if material is presented with enlarged, concrete examples and continued repetition. I am excited to join this site and learn from the experts here.

Rachel

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Hi Rachel, welcome to the group. One of my most rewarding experiences while I was doing my student teaching in a childrens' hospital was working with a 11-year-old boy who had suffered a TBI. We've kept in touch in the six years since then and I'm happy to report his progress has been slow but very steady.

I'm looking forward to learning more about your daughter's progress and hope that I and the others here can contribute to it.

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LPS
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

I am a proponant of Inclusion, although it has been difficult to do from the Self-contained classroom. If I have students who are fully included I have to provide 4 hours of support a day. Which is not possible without clustering students. The principal is not in favor of this due to the overwhelming needs of the General Ed population.

LPS's picture
LPS
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

I am a proponant of Inclusion, although it has been difficult to do from the Self-contained classroom. If I have students who are fully included I have to provide 4 hours of support a day. Which is not possible without clustering students. The principal is not in favor of this due to the overwhelming needs of the General Ed population.

Brooks Cumbie's picture

Hi! I'm Brooks and I have been in the Special Education field for 23 years. I spent 8 years working in an a workshop for older Mentally challenged citizens,and have spent the past fifteen years teaching Elementary School Special Needs ranging from Moderate to Severe/Profound students. This year, I have eight students who are Severe,and six out of eight still have the Significantly Developmentally Delayed Status. I have four autistic boys in my class, three of which are non-verbal. I am looking for some creative ideas for my autistic boys as far as academics are concerned. Also, Georgia has set up the Georgia Alternative Assessments for students in Ga who are not able to take the CRCT test here. I fell its a REAL joke, am looking for anyone who might have insight to this type of assessment if they are familiar with it and maybe some good ideas for instruction for the curriculum for grades 1st-4th, or anything they've done that makes this type of so called testing fun for the kids. Its basically, for people who dont have a clue what it is, a porfolio of activities the kids have to complete,ranging from 2 LA, 2 Math (K-3rd) and 2 LA, 2 Math, 1 science, 1 social studies (3rd-5th).
I am really glad I found this site to share with others who might need ideas and/or activities that I can share with them.
I am an AVID NASCAR fan, and we do get to travel to races surrounding the Ga area (Atlanta, Talladega Ala, Daytona Beach Fla). I also enjoy my family, my husband of 14 years, two children of my own, and a Step-Daughter , who is 19 and also a Special needs Student.

Pattie Komons's picture

Hi! I've been a special ed teacher for 10 years ... after being in the customer service world for 25 years (although isn't being a teacher the ultimate customer service job?)
I teach in an elementary school, working with students from grades K-5. My caseload covers the full spectrum of disabilities which makes work challenging but so rewarding.
I feel like I've got 2 full time jobs, both teacher and administrator. Case management takes alot of time, with alot of after school hours devoted to paperwork. Even so, I can't imagine doing anything else, and I can't believe it took me as long as it did to get here!

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