Position: Special Education Teacher
District: Jackson Public School District, Mississippi
Ms. Chambers is a Special Education Teacher from Peeples Middle School. Peeples is one of thirteen middle schools in the Jackson Public School District in Jackson Mississippi. Jackson Public School District has been utilizing Rethink since the 2012 school year and educates K-12 students.
Ms. Chambers incorporates Rethink into daily activities to promote social skill building, transition skills, and word recognition skills daily. “I consider the Activity Center to be the most valuable aspect of the Rethink program because it enables students to access the program on a one-to-one basis,” said Ms. Chambers.
Rethink provides paraprofessionals and teachers visual instructions and step-by-step lesson plans on how to teach the individual objects and targets for the specific student. Ms. Chambers explained, “Our paraprofessionals use Rethink to practice skills that were previously taught and assists students with completing goals on their IEPs.”
“Rethink was implemented after we observed very little progress being made with some students. Shortly after launching Rethink our Professional Service Director showed us how to collect data using a task analysis that increased student success, as well as helping us create custom IEPs,” said Ms. Chambers.
“I consider the Activity Center to be the most valuable aspect of the Rethink program because it enables students to access the program on a one-to-one basis.”
Ms. Chambers found Rethink to be a valuable tool for all special educators. “Rethink provides a multitude of objectives to select from when tailoring the individual needs of students, lesson plans to guide teachers when working on objectives/ targets with individual students, and data for progress monitor (i.e. graphs and summary reports). As well as, assisting our students with meeting their Short Term Instructional Objective’s (STIO) listed in their IEP for yearly progress,” said Ms. Chambers.
Keep up the fantastic work, Ms. Chambers! Congratulations on being this month’s Spotlight Teacher!