Why I need this: I would use this for my students to create pod casts of their business that we've created for raising funds for a children's home and our field trips.
We'd also use it in social studies and science for presentations on various units of study as well as our student's living pictures (tableaus).
My students have learning disabilties and are sometimes reluctant readers, but they also love to perform. I think that pod casting would be a wonderful tool to get them reading. I would like for them to set up book reveiws of books in our local media center. Students can tell the highlights and exciting points of books in a way that creates interest in the books to other readers. We would display these on our web site for others to explore. This will increase reading, written, and oral expression skills in my students.
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Roll in the crate and start podcasting with video!
We have a great classroom community which consists of 7 students with mental disabilities. We learn best through use of the integration of art, drama, technology, poetry, story telling, movement, and exploration in our world. Our class created this mission statement for our year: Our mission is to be responsible by working hard so that we can graduate and get a good job. Everyone will participate and be respectful to each other and use self-control. We will have a positive attitude and have a positive influence on others.
As you can tell from this statement, we have a great group of kids!
We need more technology in our classroom to enhance the projects we do each week.
This is my 10th year teaching students with disabilities. I teach them that they can do anything that they dare to dream. They learn how to not let their disability "disable" them.
College and Degrees:
I earned my B.S. Special Education, Intellectual Disabilities, from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. I have addtional coursework from Furman University and Clemson University. I completed my Masters degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusets in Integrating the Arts throught the Curriculum. I have countless other hours of course work in numerous areas including integration of the arts, technology, science, and mentoring.
I love spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters who will both pursue careers in education. We love hiking and camping together. I also love gardening, scrapbooking, reading, sewing, cooking, and creating art.
I love reading anything that will help me to become a better teacher. I also love historical fiction and suspense novels. One of my most recent favorite "teacher" book is: Awakening the Heart by Georgia Heard. One of the best fictional books that I've read lately is: Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Brain Based Research. I find it amazing all the ways that we, as educators, can reach students through a variety of approaches to learning. Every child is unique and different and we must take the time to offer a variety of ways for those students to tap into their interests and learning.
2004- present Northwest Middle School, Greenville, SC
I've been teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with learning, emotional, and mental disabilities in a self contained setting.
2000-2004North Forsyth High School
I taught high school students with learning, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. I helped to created an alternative curriculum and diploma type for these students in order to decrease the drop our rate and make them successful citizens in the community through education and job training opportunities.
Why Do I Teach?:
I love helping students find their strengths and create an encouraging environment showing them that they can be successful. We just have to point them in the right direction and provide the right tools. I want to teach my students that they are life long learners and be excited about what they learn. When I can do this, I feel as though I have made a great accomplishment.