Our goal is to become better readers, writers, listeners, and problem-solvers.
Within a modified English program, my students work on basic word attack skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and the basic reading skills of multiple meanings, context meanings, antonyms and synonyms, metaphors and similes, analogies and idioms, main idea and details, sequencing, classifying and categorizing, making inferences, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and author's point of view and purpose.
I use a variety of resources, including Houghton Mifflin's New Directions in Reading program, the Specific Skills Series, and many classic short stories and novels.
We work on the basic writing skills of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, sentence writing, and paragraph writing. My curriculum is based on resources from Steck-Vaughn and the Kansas Learning Strategies.
Math classes focus on the basics first. My students are expected to know their basic math facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We move to working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and basic geometry and algebra. Using math strategies and problem-solving skills is a must. My focus is on applying math skills to daily living situations.
Organization & Study Skills
Within my academic classes and guided study halls, I try to instill a positive attitude toward personal responsibility, time management, organization of homework and projects, study strategies, and timely work completion.
Post-Secondary Transition Planning
An important component of Special Education programming is assisting students with their planning for the future. With the help of the high school counselor, my students explore their different career and post-secondary training options. We practice filling out various forms, and we discuss job applications, job interviews, and resumes.