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  • Contact Information

    Mr. Brewer Second Grade

    tbrewer@galenaparkisd.com

    832-386-4050

    Room 605

    Special Education Resource Teacher

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    • Expectations

      Due to the current school building closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, classroom instruction and learning opportunities are phasing into online sources. Students are expected to check in daily not only with their regular classroom teachers, but also weekly with their support teachers as well. If a student is assigned to me and regularly see me throughout the regular school year, they are also required to check in with me as well. 

      I will meet with my students on the ZOOM platform. Please check your email for the days of the week, times and Zoom ID and Password.

      Mondays 1st and 2nd grade at 11 a.m.

      Tuesdays 3rd grade at 11 a.m.

      Wednesdays 5th grade at 11 a.m.

      Fridays 4th grade at 11 a.m.

      The platform I am using for self guided lessons is education.com. (NOTE: This is not mandatory, but is offered as an additional resource)

      How can students access this platform on their own devices? In your device browser, you will need to enter (or click on) the URL:

      education.com/games/play  and bookmark it for future access. OR in the App Store, download "Brainzy | Education.com" app. It is a free download. Each student has their own access code that will be emailed to each parent.

      Please Note that it is now mandatory for all students to participate in scheduled class meetings for attendance and instruction. 

       

      The following information is still being constructed as schedules are still being adjusted.

      Please keep checking my website for additional information being added as things are changing almost on a daily basis. 

      • Schedule

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        Mr. Brewer's Daily Schedule

        Monday through Friday

        9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

        (schedule is under construction at this time)

        • Online Learning Resources

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          Here are some online learning sites the students can use to support the skills that they need practice with.

          https://www.abcya.com/

          https://www.starfall.com/h/  (grades 1, 2, 3)

          Istation (all students)

          Iready (all students)

          Prodigy (grades 3, 4, 5)

          Education.com/games/play OR download the free app "Brainzy | Education.com"

          https://teks.mathgames.com/

          https://www.brainingcamp.com/ (digital math tools)

           Students, as well as teachers, don't need to be spending all 8 hours of a regular school day online, especially during this time. Take advantage of the extra time to spend quality time together as a family. Here are 16 AT HOME Activities that count as learning:

          Cooking and Baking

          Meal Planning

          Budgeting

          Checking the weather forecast

          Building with Legos

          Playing Card games

          Doing puzzles

          Imaginative play

          Listening to Music, Putting on a home concert

          Reading for Pleasure

          Coloring, Drawing, Painting

          Podcasts and audiobooks

          Writing letters to family members, friends, or emailing them

          Taking a walk

          Cleaning and doing chores

          • What is a Resource Classroom?

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            The Resource Room is not just a place, but also a placement.  Because the resource room removes a child from a general education classroom for even part of the day, it is increasing the "restrictiveness" which is defined and proscribed except when necessary by IDEIA (Individual with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act.)  It is part of the placement process and is considered necessary for children who are easily distracted in the general education setting, especially when new information is being introduced.  

            The Resource Model is a separate setting, either in a classroom or a smaller designated area, where a special education program can be delivered to a student with a disability individually or in a small group.  It is for the student who qualifies for either a special class or regular class placement but needs additional special instruction in an individualized or small group setting for a portion of the day. Individual needs are supported in resource rooms as defined by the student's IEP. 

            The child getting this type of support will receive some time in the resource room, which refers to the 'pull-out' portion of the day and a majority of time in the regular classroom with modifications and/or accommodations including resource support in the regular classroom. This type of support helps ensure that the inclusional model is still in place.

            Most educational jurisdictions will have time increments that are allocated to the child for resource room support.

            This will sometimes vary on the needs of the child. The teacher in the resource room is, therefore, able to concentrate on the specific area of need with more consistency.

            The Teacher's Role in the Resource Room

            Teachers in the resource room have a challenging role as they need to design all instruction to meet the specific needs of the students they service to maximize their learning potential. The resource room teacher works closely with the child's regular classroom teacher and the parents to ensure support is indeed helping the student to reach their full potential. The teacher follows the IEP and will take part in the IEP review meetings. The teacher will also work very closely with other professionals and paraprofessionals to support the specific student. Usually, the resource room teacher will work with small groups helping in one-to-one situations when possible.

            How Resource Rooms Helps Students' Individual Needs

            Some older students feel a stigma when they go to the resource room. However, their individual needs are usually met better and the teacher will work closely with the regular classroom teacher to help support the child as much as possible. The resource room tends to be less distracting than the regular classroom setting. The resource teacher will also use helpful strategies and manipulatives that the regular teacher uses in the classroom to facilitate and engage learning and align the lessons with the content being taught. Students in the resource room are usually assessed and tested in the resource room as it provides a less distracting environment and a better chance at success. A child will be re-evaluated every 3 years to determine special education eligibility.

            • Interactive Websites

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              Click on the link to go to the website:

              Math Playground

              StemScopes

              • About Me...

                I am originally from Oklahoma where I received my teacher training at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education in 2000. I have been teaching here at Tice Elementary since August of 2000. I have taught Special Education, First grade, Second grade and Third grade. I am also ESL (English as a Second Language) certified. This year I am serving as the campus Lead Mentor for all first year teachers. Tice is an exemplary campus and has won the Blue Ribbon Award in Educational Excellence during my years of teaching. I am loyal to the district of Galena Park and to my campus as well. I enjoy teaching the students who come through my classroom every year. We build relationships with the students and families that attend here. We encourage parental and community involvement within the educational setting. If you would like to become a parent volunteer, I would strongly recommend it. 

                If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

                • Miscellaneous Items

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