About

This is my eighth year as a special education teacher in the learning support classroom. I currently teach fourth grade, but have taught first, second and third grade, as well. I teach both language arts and math, and have co-taught third and fourth grade in the general education classroom.

Welcome to my blog!
Welcome to my blog!
My philosophy on teaching is that if kids can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach them the way they learn. That means my classroom is typically a fun, active and challenging setting. I enjoy learning and teaching through games, small group instruction, physical movement, individualized learning goals, and a positive work environment.
When I am not working on school related activities, I like to spend my time with my family. My husband of 20 years and I enjoy traveling together on weekend excursions. Our two daughters are now in their senior year of high school, and are very much looking forward to going away to college next year. Our two “babies,” seven year old Maggie the boxer and six year old Chloe the pug, keep us very active. When I’m relaxing, I love to read, watch movies, and listen to music.
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6 thoughts on “About

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to answer your questions when I get home (I always loved completing the quizzes in Cosmo!). This is exciting and sounds like a great chance to find new blogs to follow. It’s my new addiction 🙂

  1. Hi Amy! I just saw that you are following my blog. I am so flattered! You are officially the first blog to link to my blog. I hope you like it. I am going to start reading some of your posts 🙂

  2. hello! I am a second grade learning support teacher. K-2 are the only learning support positions that pull students out of reading and math and teach them in their own small groups. All of the other learning support teachers are considered full inclusion. This is my second year in this position so I am still learning a TON. I have this question that is hanging over my head and no one can seem to answer me. I thought you might possibly be able to help? In my classroom I am pulling students out and am using an intervention book that goes along with our series (reading street- my sidewalks). I am getting the skills from their and creating my own comprehension test and phonics test based on the skills. I am not modifying the curriculum that the other second grade teachers are using. Is this wrong? Should I be keeping up with the 2nd grade teachers and adapting/modifying their curriculum? For example.. should my kids have the same spelling words that the other second graders have but maybe half of the list instead of them all? I am having a difficult time as to what to put in my IEP’s because I’m not necessarily teaching the curriculum. Thoughts???

    1. Hi, Jamie! There are differing views on this topic, and over my years of teaching children with special needs, the opinions I’ve encountered differ as much as my students’ needs. The PC answer is to use the regular ed curriculum and make accommodations for your students (pacing, scaffolding, etc., not to modify it, which means to change it). But the reality is that not all kids need the same things. On top of that consideration, you need to figure out how to implement those accommodations and/or modifications and/or the use of a separate program in your room and within your schedule — without tearing your hair out (or getting burned out!). In my school, for our students with poor decoding/encoding, we use the Wilson Reading System and wrote goals specific to that program. For our weak reading comprehension students, we used to use a separate program that used materials at their reading level (typically 1-2 levels below grade level), but a new admin decided that it wasn’t appropriate. We recently adopted a new school-wide program, Journeys, which includes an intervention piece, so our Learning Support teachers use that. The original idea was that there would be a lot more push-in with this program, but I haven’t seen that happen yet. My advice would be to meet with your admin first. You need their support, since anything that goes to due process should not put you alone in your defense. I wish you the best — and am here to help in any way I can! Email me at theuniqueclassroom@gmail.com if you want to talk more!
      Amy

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