Whew! I made it through the day after Halloween! Some of the kids were fine but others were awful. I know that sounds mean but really.... I had one kiddo that used a color on my wall. But we made it through and finished the day with no major problems. What was your day like?
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?
I hope that I do not burst your bubble but I get angry sometimes. I am not perfect.. I also understand that others are not perfect as well. Sometimes though we need to relax and let go of our problems. One of my students had a problem with their paperwork. I was going to go in and fix it but my supervisor said not they came from another school district and they needed to fix it. Well I got it back yesterday and they did fix 1 out of 3 things. But when I asked my supervisor she said you can fix the other 2 at your leisure... Um.. that is what I wanted to do in the first place AND I would have done it a lot quicker. But I am going to let it go and do what I need to do. But REALLY!? What have you been up to that has made you confused lately?
We can do everything right, do tiers 1-3 and have a great intervention plan in place but the kid still fails. To me it does not mean that the child has special needs but the child is not ready to move to the next grade level. He or she needs more time to comprehend what was taught. I believe that before a child is tested that more intervention takes place.
On the other hand, I do think that sometimes we need to let them fail to show that this is their work and not the teachers. At the end of the day though I try to teach all of my students that failure is not the end but just the beginning.
What do you think?
I have quite a few kiddos in my classroom that are autistic. I have been trying to find ways to assist them but I have not had much luck. Then AL State Dept offered training for PECS. If you are in Alabama- check it out now! It is free and there are a few sessions that are still open. I have only attended 1/2 of the training and I have learned so much . I can not wait to take it back to my classroom and teach my kiddos using it. There are quite a few levels but I believe that it would be quite possible for them. They need a way to communicate and I believe that this will work. Have you ever tried this type of system in your classroom?
Have you ever stopped during the day and said really this is my life? Today I had that moment. I had a kiddo screaming because she was hungry (disregarding the fact I told her 3 times to eat or I was going to throw it away.) 3 general education teachers were out- meaning no inclusion for my kiddos. That also means the schedule is out of wack so the behavior is off the chain as well. After lunch, one kiddo had a meltdown because of bad communication between him and the general education teacher. (Really!- How about asking the child rather than assuming something!!) Then to end the day one of my kiddos ate something that he was not suppose to and I had to call mom. It was a lot of fun.
But you know what, it is worth it when I see there face in the morning and they come to me with smiles. They know that I would never intentionally hurt them and I want what is best for each of them. I know that while there are problems now, it is just a learning curve. I gotta look at the positive in a SPE classroom or I will go crazy. Having to deal with IEPS, SLPs, AD PE, OT, PT, GE, Behavior Support and many other labels can get you bamboozled if you are not there for the children. Sometimes it is not only the children that are learning in my classroom.
1 Peter 1:7 New International Version (NIV)7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.