Amanda Alvarez

amanda alvarez

Amanda Alvarez

I teach at a Level 3 Achievement School in the Exceptional Student Education department as the 3rd-5th grade teacher. Being a teacher is not an easy job and being an ESE teacher it's even more so. I deal with students that have issues with speaking reading writing doing math and behaviors. I spend my off hours creating not just lesson plans but working on IEP's recording data from interventions and creating and adapting curriculum. Most of my students require me to alter the curriculum just to have a chance at accessing it in any sort of meaningful way. This means a lot of extra hours and plenty of patience. I also have to build in social skills and life skills so that these students can have a chance at living among their non-disabled peers without feeling set apart. We work on greetings relationships organization and self-regulation. Needless to say it's a lot to cram into each day. It's all worth it though. My kids have these "AHA" moments and it's amazing to see. They get so excited to share what they've learned and put their skills to use. They may never be "on-level" but we are putting in the hours and succeeding together. I may not be the greatest teacher but I am their greatest resource.

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