My role at Maunula Secondary School is a unique one. I am the special education support teacher for the international side. This means, that I work with struggling students to ensure the goals specified in their HOJKS‘s are met. I do this through various techniques, such as one on one instruction, small group setting or as an assistant to the classroom teacher. In addition to the academic support, I also provide behavioral support. I use a variety of different strategies to curb disruptive behavior in the classroom. Resolving student conflicts is also a large part of my job. Ensuring that the school remains a bully free environment is also a role I take quite seriously.
In additional to my role as a special education teacher, I also teach extra English. This is a class that students attend in addition to their regular English class. This is a class that exposes the students to modern literature and also gives them a chance to become writers themselves. Students are assigned a different book to read and asked to analyse specific literary concepts, such as irony, foreshadowing and plot twists. They are also given the opportunity to create original stories. Extra English is a fun and educational class that the students really enjoy.