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DEPARTMENT: ESE

ROOM #4-204


EMAIL: jdiaz@volusia.k12.fl.us

TO MY STUDENTS

I have been an ESE educator since 1990. Throughout my years of experience, I have taught at the elementary level, as well as high-school. It is very important to me that "my kids" succeed. For the longest time, I used to say that failure is not an option; however I have since realized that is simply not true: YOUR SUCCESS comes from YOUR PERSEVERANCE! My role is to advocate for you, support you, and walk you through the steps of rigorous learning. Your role is to embrace each and every step. Together, we can achieve greatness. My motto has always been "SUCCESS COMES IN CANS, NOT IN CANNOTS", which I firmly believe. In other words, if you think you can or think you can't...you're right! Be positive, believe in yourself, and have faith!

Important Questions

How do I find out who my consultation teacher/case manager is?

Your case manager should be listed on your schedule as "period 8", or "annual goals" on Gradebook. You can always ask me, and I can easily look that up for you. Additionally, your case manager (CM) should reach out to you in the beginning of the year and identify themselves, thus also sharing this information.

The Support Services page on your IEP will have the delivery model (e.g. "co-taught" setting, "consultation" bi-monthly, "separate class", etc.). Again, I can always look that up for you.

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How do I know if I need to see my consultation teacher?

If you have a particular concern in any of your classes (i.e. don't understand the content, falling behind), you can always make an appointment with yoiur consultation teacher during office hours to get more individualized support.

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When are office hours?

Office hours begin the FIRST 30 minutes of lunch.

Although attending office hours is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that you seek help from any of your teachers if any of your grades fall below a C.

Check the schedule for days concerning your subject area.

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Follow the Creed

Knowledge, Strength, Courage, Respect    

Studying Tips

  • Time-Management - It is not the amount of time you spend studying that matters. It's what you can accomplish during that time. Develop a study plan and learn how to manage your time effectively to maximize your results.
  • Motivation - If you are not motivated and have a poor attitude, your study session will not be very productive. Pick a time of day where you can get motivated to prepare for tests, write essays, and solve problems.
  • Concentration - The ability to concentrate is one of the more important study skills you need to develop. You won't always be able to study in absolute silence or be able to spend as much time as you would like on a particular project. Learn how to overcome distractions so you can focus all your attention on your studies.
  • When in doubt, ask - If you aren't sure about a particular topic, don't be shy. Ask your instructor, family, or friends for help. It is important to address the problem area as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will end up having to spend even more time studying to catch up.

What is YOUR Learning Style?

Studying does not have to be a difficult process. The biggest mistake people make is developing a study plan that is different from the way they learn best. Not only are they trying to learn new information, but they are trying to adapt to a new way to learn that information too! Make it easy on yourself. Ask yourself a simple question: Are you a visual (see), auditory (hear), or kinesthetic (hands-on) learner? If you're unsure about your learning style, come by and we'll take an inventory together!

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