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Hello, my name is Sandie. I have twelve years' experience in teaching Special Education. I have taught grades K through 5. I also hold a Master's Degree in Special Education. I have taught students with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. I have a very laid back approach to teaching. I like to make learning fun! I try to meet the needs of the whole child. I've always had a good relationship with my students. If I show them respect - I get respect in return. The part I love most about teaching is when I see the "light bulb" moment in my students. My passion is teaching students with disabilities. Each student is unique with unique learning styles and personalities.
I have 12 years experience working with students with ADHD. I've used several strategies to help in this area. I allow students more time to complete assignments. I make sure that all directions are fully understood by the student. I reduce the number of problems, spelling words, etc. I redirect the student when they become distracted. I reduce other stimuli from the working environment. Each child has a unique learning style and I try to capitalize on these strengths.
I have twelve years experience teaching students with Autism. They range from non verbal to the higher end of the spectrum. Autism is a very wide spectrum and each student is unique in their needs. Many students with Autism need help with social skills. They also respond well to specific scheduling. They do not like change. The best strategy is consistency.
I have taught grades K through 5 for the past twelve years. I've taught all subject areas. Students respond well to engaging lessons and technology. The key is to make learning fun!
I have twelve years teaching phonics to students in grades K through 5. I have mainly taught the Wilson Reading Program - Fundations. Students need to learn individual sounds, diagraphs, and word families. They need to be able to break words apart and put them together. Once they learn to recognize the patterns of many words reading becomes easier.
I have taught Special Education for twelve years. I have a Masters Degree in Special Education. I have taught students with Autism, Downs Syndrome, Developmentally Delayed, Traumatic Brain Injury,Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Disorders. Each student is unique and must be taught according to their specific learning style.
I have taught Special Education for twelve years and I have a Masters Degree in Special Education. There are many study skills to implement. One example in reading comprehension is to take a paragraph and read one sentence at a time and have the student stop and tell me what that sentence says in their own words. This is done with each sentence and then the paragraph is reread and the student retells what the paragraph is about in their own words.
I teach students to look for key words, headings, and vocabulary. I also teach them to look at the pictures, graphs, etc beside the text for added information.
In writing I have students brainstorm all words that apply to the topic. Then I have them take those words and form sentences. Sentences are then grouped together and put in order. I teach that writing is a process. There are many steps to writing. I explain the meaning of rough drafts until we get to the finished project. I like to use objects that the student can look at to write down descriptive words to help them form sentences.
There are many many strategies in study skills and they are unique with each student.
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