Learning Support/8th:BackgroundMy name is Tony Devine, this is my 22nd year teaching Learning Support at Maple Point Middle School. Since starting at Maple Point in 1994, I have taught both 8th and 9th grade Special Education.
I have a wife and three children. My oldest son is 22 and is a senior in college and my two girls are in 4th and 6th grade.PhilosophyMy general philosophy is to engage students in meaningful learning-and have fun in the process. I employ a variety of methodologies and techniques that include direct instruction, whole group instruction, small group instruction, individualized instruction, and differentiated instruction.ProcedureStudents generally have homework 2 to 3 times per week. When students enter the class they need to copy their homework into his/her agenda. There will also be an objective(Learning Target) on the board so students can get a visual of what they will learn that class period.New content will be introduced and practiced. The last five minutes of class we will review what we learned in class with a short "ticket out" strategy. A "ticket out" is basically a way of reinforcing what was learned in the class before the students exit class.