About Me…..TechNovice

I am in the next stage of my life.  At 51, I am currently working under a California  K-12 Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Internship Credential at Canyon High School in the William S. Hart High School District.  I am teaching English to junior and senior special-education  students.  I am using a lot of project-based learning through hands-on and online presentations.   My students have created PREZIs for their 1984 by George Orwell final project.  They did really well considering many do not have computers at home and have few technology skills.  I am adventurous when it comes to technology.  I am still a novice but wanting to learn everything I can, so I can impart that knowledge to my students.  Thanks to my daughter who is a Mass Communications Major at Chapman University, I am learning how to access and use technology for my classroom.  Special-students need to be equipped with as much technology as possible to be successful in their future endeavors.  As you can see from the picture below, I am a mom of Kristen (22) and Justin (25).  Sarah is my daughter-in-law, and Jon will someday be my son-in-law.

Explaining the Magic of Special Education.....Me as a Fairy Godmother of Special Education.

Explaining the Magic of Special Education…..Me as a Fairy Godmother of Special Education.

My family.....Sarah, Justin, Me, Kristen, and Jon

My family…..Sarah, Justin, Me, Kristen, and Jon


15 comments on “About Me…..TechNovice

  1. Good to meet you Cynthia! And great photos! Interesting that I have a friend who has graduated from Chapman quite a few years ago:) My students at Cuesta make a powerpoint presentation every semester in my human biology class. I look forward to learning about how you conducted technology in your class for PREZIS!

    • David,
      I am having a blast teaching them how to use technology through project-based learning. My seniors use PREZI to present information regarding 1984 by George Orwell. It is an online interactive way they can work on teams to edit and create. As you know, our students use technology every day of their lives. I am capitalizing on those tech skills to help them learn how to research and learn through project-based learning.

    • David,
      By all means, let me know if I can help in any way.

  2. I like your page Cindy. I look forward to working with you. I have a lot of respect for special education teachers.

    • Thanks Silverio! I am looking forward to working with you. I am excited to be on your team. Working with special-education students is the most rewarding teaching position I have in my life.

    • Silverio,
      I am excited about being on Team 2. I am excited about using this class to help me prepare my students for the future. As we prepare for the future as educators, we have to remember that technology is the key.

  3. Cindy, great to meet you at the first class meeting. You inspired me that I will get through the rest of my credential program. I teach next spring and hope to stay in my current district after I graduate. Go team 2

    • It is the best feeling ever. I wish you the best of luck.

    • Jennifer,
      Let me know if I can help you in any way. I know that the special-education program is intense. I am enjoying the fruits of my labor in my classroom. Teaching special-education students is the most rewarding career I have ever had in teaching. I am enjoying incorporating technology into the adapted general education curriculum for my students.

  4. Cindi,
    Looking forward to working with you. In case you ever wonder if Special Education make significant, long term influences on their students, I’d like to say that I was a special education student. ^_^ Anyway, wish you luck.

    • Thank you. This will be an interesting class.

    • Special Education is my passion.

    • Christopher,
      Teaching my students is my passion. There is no greater joy than watching them finally understand a concept. It has been my mission this semester to get them to see that they are not stupid (as told by others). I tell them over and over that they just learn differently. It has been a challenge since January to teach my seniors as much as I can before they graduate. I look forward to getting to know everyone in this class.

  5. Hi, Cindy! I agree with the others…I have a lot of respect for special education teachers. I find they are typically very passionate people (like most teachers!). I’m looking forward to your contributions this term in 407!

    • I am excited about working with all of you. Special-education students will warm your heart. By all means, come visit my classroom if you can. I am enjoying my students immensely this semester. It is so rewarding watching them realize they are just as smart as any other student at Canyon High School.

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