Many of the students I have worked with in my classes have had ADD/ADHD. I devised special methods working with these individuals. Instructional strategies included: preferential seating arrangements; task analysis; instructional repetition; clear simplified directions; and a quiet atmosphere.
I have taught math to a wide range of students with varying mathematical skills. Previously, I have instructed students in Algebra 1. During my college degree, I had an opportunity to take two special courses related to specifically instructing students in math. Also, I had two years of college math courses in the following topics: calculus, analytical geometry and statistics.
Working with a special needs population, a number of my students have had Aspergers. Instructional practices have included: special seating; teaching social skills; and modeling appropriate behavior. In addition, I have found role playing to be an effective means of demonstrating positive social interaction.
I have instructed many autistic students. When working with autistic individuals, I first determine how their disability affects their learning. For processing problems, I make certain my instructions are short/clear and if possible I have the student repeat the instructions. For autistic individuals with expressive problems, I might have the student select a response from choices I provide, draw a picture or if possible sign a response.
Since one of my major responsibilities was teaching language arts, quiet a number of my special needs students were dyslexic. I have taken teaching reading during my college courses and Reading Strategies I and II during my recertification. Tactics that I utilized teaching students with dyslexia include: focusing on separate letters (phonics), spelling words out loud when the student has difficulty decoding; and using other multisensory approaches (auditory repetition).
I have had college/certification courses in teaching reading and math on an elementary school level. In addition, I taught special education students for 36 years. During my teaching experience, I utilized materials ranging from K - high school level. Due to the nature of the students' learning disabilities, I had to differentiate my instructional approaches with each individual.
I have taught math to a wide range of students with varying mathematical skills. My students abilities ranged from pre-k to high school level. During my college degree, I had an opportunity to take two special courses related to specifically instructing students in math. Also, I had two years of college math courses in the following topics: calculus, analytical geometry and statistics.
During my 36 years of teaching special education, I have taught language arts. Over the years, many strategies teaching phonics were incorporated in my daily lessons. While phonics alone is not enough to teach reading, the ability to decode words is essential.
I have taught Language Arts for 36 years to students with varying degrees of reading ability. As part of my college instruction and recertification, I have taken three specific Teaching Reading courses. Analyzing each individual's reading style is essential to developing appropriate instructional procedures.
I have an undergraduate and master's degree in special education. For the past 36 years, I have taught special education in Washington Co., MD. Specifically, I have taught language arts, math, career education, career exploration and independent living skills.
In my educational training and experience, I have stressed the importance of study skills. My instruction in this area helps students focus on organization, time management, breaking large tasks into smaller tasks, study tips for taking tests and improving note-taking.