As a teacher, I am studying and learning every day. This part of the web site is going to be dedicated to activities I do in my classroom (and can also be done at home) that benefit my students. This part of the page will also be dedicated to the different research that I am
doing in my classroom.

This year I am studying the benefits of using two strategies to promote literacy engagement and skill mastery in my classroom, called Social Stories and Video Modeling. The goal of a Social Story is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience.” (http://www.educateautism.com/social-stories.html) What I found when using social stories in my classroom is that students retain information and create meaningful connections when I used pictures of myself and their classmates. They also were able to develop the literacy skills such as holding a book correctly, turning the pages left to right, and tracking words when reading. They developed a c20160909_130433onnection to themselves and reading through the social stories.

This year I received a grant from Donors Choose to study the benefits of using social stories with students with special needs. This page will include findings and reflections of what I see in my classroom, as well as some examples of social stories that are used in and outside of my classroom to help my students understand and connect to the world around them.

Similar to social stories, video modeling uses videos in order for students to gain and practice skills. “It has been used to target a variety of behaviors across many areas of functioning including language, social behavior, play, academics and adaptive skills...It...involves the subject observing a videotape of a model engaging in a behavior that is subsequently practiced and imitated.” (Abdullah and Corbett, Research Gate Video Modeling: why does it work?)

In utilizing video modeling in the classroom, I found that students learned the expectations when doing a skill and were able to discuss and reflect/think about how to do the skill with me when I showed them a video. It is so awesome to see and hear my students saying “that is me” or performing a skill that we didn’t even know they had acquired after seeing themselves, their friends, or teachers on video.

I am working with a team of 4 colleagues to study the benefits of video modeling in the classroom. We received a grant through Montclair State University and will be writing and presenting our findings in June 2017. I am so grateful for the NJRDS Team’s video modeling adventures, our successes and interesting findings, as well as examples of how we use video modeling in our different classrooms.

You will be seeing lots of Miss Rara's Teaching adventures here!

This isn’t failure

This isn’t failure.
This is a new adventure to success. A different success.
I can still be part of the solution. I can still redefine education. I...

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