During my ten years of teaching, I have had the chance to teach a diverse group of students including those challenged by autism, learning disabilities, speech impairments and non-compliant behaviors. As a result of my experience, I have learned to accommodate different learning styles and incorporate effective strategies to meet students’ individual needs. I have learned how to motivate low-performing students to accomplish achievable tasks by applying the appropriate strategies. Working in both self-contained classes and inclusion classes I have used assessment to drive instruction for my students. I plan my lessons around activities that require students to develop and apply knowledge in ways that make sense to them and that they find meaningful and relevant.
All my experience has taught me how to develop a caring, supporting, nurturing environment for my students. I really enjoy what I do, and in turn that makes my students feel respected and have a sense of belonging. I maintain consistent classroom management so the students know what is expected of them. I make it a priority to consistently try to build positive social behaviors and help students try to improve their self-esteem. Patience, Understanding, and knowledge are the keys needed when working with students, especially students that have special needs. I believe that I have those three keys, and that is what makes teaching a little easier.
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