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Teacher Profile: Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker teaches 8th grade special education at DeMasi Middle School. As a student, Ms. Walker loved flashcards and made over 1,000 for her classes! Her favorite subject was math, but now she has the opportunity to teach students a variety of subjects.

What are some of your goals for your students this year?
To learn and utilize new study habits for their transition into high school.

How did you learn about StudyBlue?
Google

How do you use StudyBlue with your students?
After each lesson, we follow up on StudyBlue by adding important facts.  At the end of the unit, we have all our study cards ready to go.

What types of devices are permitted in your classroom? What other tools do you utilize with your class(es)?
We have an Activeboard, computers, and I allow my students to use Kindles and iPads if they have them. We also use computers regularly for web searches and the Activeboard for daily instruction.

What are some challenges you face when integrating technology into your classroom and school?
Sometimes with the Internet being down, files can be lost and there is not enough access for the amount of students we have. Also, we are not allowed to bring in flash drives to save our files, so whatever is done in school needs to stay in school.  We are starting to use Google Docs.

What will you and your students do with all the paper flashcards you no longer need?
We will recycle them or use them to create notepads :)

Thanks to Ms. Walker for using StudyBlue and taking the time to share her thoughts with us! If you are an educator interested in explaining how you use StudyBlue and other technology tools in your classroom or school, reach out to our Education Community Manager by emailing zach (at) studyblue (dot) com.

About the Author

Zach is StudyBlue's Education Community Manager. He has experience teaching middle school students and providing supplemental tutoring and advising services to high school students, in addition to work on education policy. Zach has a Master's Degree from the Bank Street College of Education and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University.

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