Room 201 – Lorin Muir

Lorin Muir

Dear Families and Students,

My name is Ms. Lorin and I am your new teacher.  Although this is my first year at The Phoenix Center, this is my fifth year as a classroom teacher.  I am excited to be your new teacher and look forward to getting to know everything about each and every student.  This will be a fun and productive school year!  My ultimate goal is for all of my students to work on their individual program goals while fostering as much independence as possible.

Our educational programming focuses on preparing our students for post-secondary options by using a multi-modal approach to academics.  The goal is to create a positive learning environment where students are constantly working on their individual program goals.  Students are exposed to the same content as their peers while learning in a way that is meaningful to them.  Students learn through hands-on activities, lessons on the SMARTBoard and iPad, as well as through manipulatives and worksheets.  Students work independently, as well as in small and large group settings.  In addition to the content areas, the academic program also includes life skills activities, communication skills, social skills, community-based activities and behavior management.

During the year, our class will focus on learning about animals and their habitats, traits, adaptations, and food webs and chains for Science.  Students will participate in multi-sensory lessons that engage them while learning new material.  We will also focus on current events and building mathematical concepts, vocabulary, and comprehension skills through individualized programming and group instruction.  Life skills will be taught everyday through a variety of programs including reading, following recipes, performing household tasks, and increasing money skills.  These skills will be worked on in school as well as in the community.  Our Community-Based Instruction Program (CBI) focuses on money management skills, social skills and generalizing skills learned in the classroom into the community.  Our class will be going on CBI on Fridays. Prior to the trip, we will work on the skills in the classroom to prepare for our outings.

Maintaining open lines of communication is key to each student’s success.  Please feel free to share any information, questions, or concerns through the daily Home-School Communication book, by phone, or through email.  Be sure to let me know your preference in order for us to best share information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 973-542-0743 EXT. 201 or through email at lmuir@thephoenixcenternj.org. The best times to reach me by phone are 8:00-8:30 am or 2:45-3:00 pm.

Sincerely,
Lorin Muir