Blended 3rd-5th Grade Classroom
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My name is Ginger Tuilevuka, but you can call me Mrs. Tui (said like the number 2 and letter E, “2E”). I am excited to be your teacher this year! This is my first year at Parkwood. For the last three years I have worked as a Paraeducator at Highland Terrace in their Blending program, so this is also my first year as a classroom teacher. Even though we are starting remotely and won't get to meet each other face-to-face to start, I am looking forward to building a supportive classroom community. We will discover together a new way of learning! I know it is different. I know we can do this!
A little about me: I have worked in Special Education since 2017 as a Paraeducator. I loved that work and look forward to my new role as a teacher at Parkwood. I have also taught Hula to children in Shoreline since 2013 as a way to share the Polynesian culture. My husband was born and raised in Fiji and is a retired professional rugby player who currently is the director of the Seattle Rugby Club. We have three daughters who all go to school in Shoreline: Diana, Tainia and Samantha. Tainia will be a Parkwood Panther like all of us! We love sports, music and seafood. I look forward to being your teacher this year!
Our students in the blended classroom attend one of three special education classrooms for primary and intermediate students. These are “Blended Classrooms,” meaning that our students have several opportunities each day to work alongside their classmates in a neighboring general education classroom. The general and special education teachers partner and plan together to implement lessons and activities appropriate for all students during our time together. Part of our mission is to broaden our students’ empathy, respect, responsibility, and acceptance of others within a diverse population through a challenging and appropriate education. This collaborative effort relies on close cooperation between students, parents, and staff within the school community. Blending allows for additional adult assistance for all students involved. Our model utilizes flexible, student-centered activities and a truly individualized approach to teaching and learning. Our students have a wide range of academic abilities and love being an active part of our school community!
With the individualized nature of the program, our students use a variety of math resources to meet their math goals. Some examples we currently use are: Unique Learning System, Envisions, IXL, Starfall, teacher-created materials, and other supplemental materials that support the math curriculum.
Our students use a variety of English Language Arts resources to achieve their ELA curriculum goals. These goals are differentiated for each individual student. We use Unique Learning System, Wonders, SRI, reading Milestones, teacher-created materials, and many others.
Our students use a variety of science curriculums that are differentiated depending on student abilities and individual curriculum goals. We use Unique Learning System and various district science kits.
My students engage in lessons in Unique Learning system and teacher created lessons.
My students use a variety of social curriculums that are differentiated depending on student abilities. We use Second Step and Think Social.