Sped Portfolio [11]C

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professional portfolio for Toni Paxton, Intervention Specialist

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Sped Portfolio [11]C

  1. 1. Biography <br />I didn’t choose teaching. It chose me. As a member of a family of teachers, seeking a teaching degree was a natural progression after I graduated from high school. After spending time in a classroom and then in the private sector, no job was as fulfilling as teaching. So, I found my way back to the profession.<br />Subbing for intervention specialists created an interest in special education. After obtaining a position with Columbus City Schools, I completed my professional license as well as my Masters’ degree at Ohio Dominican; then, I re-entered the classroom as a high-incidence teacher. <br />As an educator, I have taught all core classes in a fourth grade classroom of nondisabled students as well as in a sixth/seventh grade classroom of alternately assessed special education students. While at Brookhaven High School, I have taught Biology, Physical Science, American Literature, and U.S. Studies in a High-Incidence Resource <br />Room. During my eight years with Columbus City Schools, <br />all of my evaluations have received the highest possible ratings. <br />I am committed to incorporating 21st Century <br />learning opportunities into my daily lessons. Science <br />and technology have been the focus of my professional <br />development and I am committed to creating opportunities for <br />cross-curricular learning. <br />
  2. 2. Philosophy<br />In my classroom the word “fair” does not mean that everyone gets the same. “FAIR” means that every student gets what they need to be successful. <br /><ul><li>I have a strong connection to the school’s community.
  3. 3. I have a positive working relationship with my students’ care-givers.
  4. 4. I effectively collaborate with all other school personnel.
  5. 5. I create an atmosphere of acceptance where each student is part of a learning community.
  6. 6. I develop self-awareness and self-advocacy in my students.
  7. 7. I encourage students to utilize technology.</li></ul>For me, there is no job that is more fulfilling than teaching. <br />
  8. 8. Learning in the classroom<br />
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  11. 11. Learning outside of the classroom<br />Click on picture <br /> to see video<br />

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