Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Child's World

The book I would recommend for all teachers to read is "The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida.  It is a great book of how an autistic child sees the world and how the live in it.  This book made me realize how hard it must be for any child who is different or that has a disability, to "fit in" with our world.  Imagine if we had to fit into their world.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zombies in the Classroom???

     I am taking 3 classes this semester at Caldwell, I also teach Kindergarten (general ed.).  I was very upset in a class this week when another Caldwell student kept referring to his high school class of students as zombies, because they were not motivated to learn.  Perhaps I thought, because I am a parent of a 10 year old autistic son (who goes to a school out of district) I am a little too sensitive to people calling children with special needs names.  But the more I thought about it the more I realized that this bothered me so much because I am a teacher!  How dare a teacher of a special needs class (or any class) refer to their students by a cruel name.  I tried to play devil's advocate and think that maybe college class is the place to let off steam and know "I didn't really mean it".  This reminds me why I stay out of the teacher's room at lunch time, negative and gossipy remarks about students are wrong. The person in my class said it 4 times!!  I can't help but think this must reflect in his communication and teaching with his students.
     I am sure my son was well talked about and maybe even called a few "pet" names when he attended general ed. classes-he was a handful I know.   As educators I believe that we should never degrade our students, even if they "can't hear me".