I am in a quandary about one of my aides. I am calling her Mary. Mary gets upset that my new aide is pulled a lot but it was because Mary was pulled last year and complained about it. Now I get the feeling that Mary is jealous. I am irritated and I had to bite my tongue yesterday. The bell rung but I was in a meeting. Mary was upset that she had 3 kids and 1 had to go on the bus. She said she did not know what to do with the other 2 while she put him on the bus. Am I the only one who would have taken all 3 with me or let the 1 child get on by himself? Instead they all stayed in the room and did not leave. I had to say I will talk to you tomorrow about it. I took the bus rider and the others out by myself. I was afraid I would say something I should not. What would you do in the situation? She wants to follow the rules (and she is suppose to walk the kiddos to the bus) and does not like to deviate from it. Sometimes my students accept change better than her!
I had a great time last week learning about assistive technology. I find that it is amazing what those with disabilities can do when given a few things to make their life easier. I met a man there that was a professional fisherman. But he did not have legs, one arm and the arm that he had did not have a hand. He still is a productive citizen. However, sometimes I think that we baby the SPE kiddos when they should be treated like their age. They can do so much with a little encouragement.
Sometimes the best way to change student behavior is to change teacher behavior. If the student is always having problems in a certain area or time see what can be done to correct it. Sometimes the student does the behavior to get to do something or avoid an activity. We choose the behavior that is reinforced. Sometimes, ignoring a behavior helps more than pointing it out all the time. The Most important part is to set up tasks that the child can do. If it looks impossible then the student will not try in the beginning.
Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
I have a problem with some of my co-workers. It is not that they are not doing their job, but it is only that they are doing their job. I have a problem with teachers that get there are 7:30 and leave at 3:30. They do not want to do anything extra. I get it, at the end of the day I am ready to go home too. But, there are extra activities that would benefit our kiddos if there was enough teacher volunteers to do it. We have to find ways to reach our kiddos and some are not reaching enough.
Sometimes I think that they are there for the paycheck. I know which classrooms my students need to go to. If they are put in a specific class, I know the teacher will not even try with them. They will send them back to me because they were being “disruptive”. I know my kiddos make noise that is part of their disability. BUT, their job is to deal and work with me to assist the students in getting the best learning opportunities that he or she can have. I have decided to give it to Jesus and let him deal with it. That is all that I can do. What is your mindset like right now?