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Kincaid, Simone

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
 Albert Einstein 

This year marks my 28th year as a teacher. I graduated from the University of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina with a master’s degree in Special Education.  I've taught students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K through 12 in West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and, for the last 13 years, I've been with San Diego Unified. 

At CPMA I teach History, Social Studies, and Science to students whose disability affects the way in which they take in, remember, understand, and express information.Students with mild to moderate disabilities, such as a specific learning disability, have the intellectual ability to learn - despite difficulties in processing information.

Consequently, along with modified Common Core Standards, these applied level classes focus on both helping students to identify how they learn best, and on learning to use to use various technological tools that help them "work around" reading and writing difficulties.   

For example, students with reading deficits use text-to-speech software to listen to on-line textbook content, word processed documents, and internet websites.  This allows them access to material that, otherwise, they would be challenged to read independently.  Students with written language difficulties learn to use various presentation software programs that allow them to demonstrate their understanding in ways other than with pencil and paper tasks. 

Of course, not all students have access to computers at home so the majority of work will be done in class.  However, when homework is assigned it will be noted in the CPMA Planner.  ASK TO SEE IT every day!  Most homework assignments involve studying for mastery tests. 

This page is a work in progress. Please visit often. 

I'm looking forward to another year of teaching and, as always, learning from my students!