Blended 4th/5th Grades

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Ginger Tuilevuka

 

Hello 4th and 5th grade families,

Welcome back. I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year!. I look forward to your student’s return to in-person, full-day school. We will learn together, have fun, be safe and grow! This year our class will be blending with Mrs. Pembrooke’s 4th/5th grade class. Thank you for your trust and communication with me this year.

My name is Ginger Tuilevuka. Students call me Mrs. Tui (pronounced like the number 2 and letter E, 2E). This is my 5th year in Special Education and my 2nd year as a classroom teacher in the Blended Program at Parkwood. My family and I love sports (especially Rugby, football and soccer). I love sharing my Pacific Island heritage and culture through teaching Polynesian dance, hula and songs. I am passionate about helping students learn the best way that works for them and I truly believe all students can demonstrate their learning. This is going to be a fun year!


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    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.