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Please call the school office by 9:00 AM if your student will be late or absent.   The phone number is 503-661-6330.    After office hours you can leave a message.  

The greatest impact on student learning is attitude.  It has been my experience that a positive attitude can take a negative situation and turn it into a learning experience.  Whereas a negative attitude can take a potential learning experience and turn it into a nightmare.  The attitude that you as the teacher have when you walk through the classroom door, affects everyone around you.  It is important to approach any new situation, student, or problem with the goal of trying to find a solution or focus on improvement as opposed to assigning blame or focusing on a deficit.  This inspires a more positive attitude in every person on the team, and communicates the power that having a positive outlook can have within the classroom, school, and community.   

Being a special education teacher means having a wide variety of different students with unique challenges and varied levels of academic abilities and skills.  Brining all of these different students together into a cohesive classroom is a unique and rewarding challenge.  Every student has their own unique learning style and learns at a different pace.  Creating differentiated instruction and specific modifications to the curriculum, while integrating activities that highlight many different intelligences will give my students many different methods to learn and demonstrate their knowledge.  Creating diversity in the instruction techniques echoes my belief in the importance of celebrating the diversity of the members of our classroom community.
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