“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar”. - Helen Keller ✨
As we slowly begin to prepare for School again, part of me wants to send this quote to his teacher. As a bit of a hint, as a bit of a reminder and as a bit of knowledge. He has always been the learner who appears on the outside to be lagging behind in certain skills - starting with talking - but he is just quietly working it out in that vast think emporium of his until he has mastered it and then? Then out it comes with a Bang! And he’s soaring ahead. It’s how he learns. It’s not in the conventional way “they” say it will happen in the parenting books, it’s not the conventional way teachers are taught to teach, he may not be able to show you the steps that lead him to the answer in the way you want to see it. But, once he’s figured it out, I assure you he’ll have the answer. And maybe more. No one can see our child the way we see them, their wholeness, their truth. But hopefully, with the right words and actions and a little bit of heart and a whole lot of openness, we can help lead them there. ✨
If you haven’t already, go watch @makingastatementinsped story from today. She talks about the negative side of people cold-messaging people about joining their fitness programs. • There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a part of a team all working towards the same thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to help other people achieve the same goals as yourself. Let these people reach out to YOU if they want to join! Let it be their decision! • If you receive messages of people asking you to join their teams, don’t let that be a reflection on yourself or your worth. You are enough. If you want to join them, go for it. If you don’t, that’s great too. Whatever you do, let it be your idea and your decision. • 🎨: @stacieswift
Our most recent project turned out to be quite insightful! Each person (students and teachers!) drew a self-portrait. Then each person was asked to fill the open space with positive words that they felt described themselves. It was interesting to see just how difficult it was for the students to come up with enough words to fill the space. I found myself sitting down with almost every student individually to help them come up with more positive words to describe themselves and most of the time the students didn’t 100% agree with the word I had chosen. • This just goes to show why it is so important to build your kids up. Middle school is a tough and awkward time for a lot of kids. My population of students in particular need that positivity and personal praise more than you may think and for some of the kids, we may be the first people to give it to them. It’s amazing what kind of difference a few words can make for a child.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” • Newest project for the classroom complete! Not sure where I’ll hang these letters yet but I’m so happy with how they came out!
The kids are getting the hang of using the stem lab and completing the challenges. I wanted to implement the stem lab during summer school so that when the school year starts up they already have a hang of using the materials and we can begin more challenging lessons! Thanks to @appliciousteacher for the material suggestions and challenge cards!
This summer the students are learning about art from cultures around the world! • After learning about the history of African tribal masks, the students were asked to create their own using balloons, newspaper, mod podge and paint! Here is the final product! • Next up: India!
I want to get a start on picking some trade books out for this upcoming school year so I can read through them before school and grad school start back up! • Comment below with some suggestions! Thanks in advance!!
Weighted sensory lap pillows are all done!! • One side of the pillow is sequined while the other side is a soft microfiber • Each pillow weighs 5lbs • Students will be able to use these during sensory breaks or during work time to help them stay focused.
The white board wall is a success!! I painted a section of the wall in our sensory corner with dry erase paint and the kids are now able to draw all over it! I’m hoping this will eliminate the number of white boards I end up losing through out the year.
Snagged the most adorable banner from the party section of (none other than) Target! Perfect addition for my cactus theme this year! It’s all coming together slowly but surely. Stay tuned for a full classroom post once it’s all done! 💕🌵🎯☺️
We’ve decided to go with a mystery theme for summer school this year! We will be reading Framed! by James Ponti! • Have you read this book yet? If you read it with your students, what kinds of activities did you incorporate with it?
Oh my word!! Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge how amazing @alattelearning is?!?! She made this logo for me and was so accommodating and sweet! I am so happy with how it came out! Go check out her IG and her work! You will not be disappointed. 💖🌵☺️
I’ve gained quite a bit of new followers lately so I wanted to reintroduce myself!
Here are five things about me:
1️⃣ I have one sibling. She is 8 years younger than me and her name is Trilby. We are super duper close despite our age difference!
2️⃣ I have known that I wanted to be a special education teacher since I was 13 in the 8th grade.
3️⃣ I danced recreationally and competitively for 15 years!
4️⃣ I have an outrageously good memory. It’s too much sometimes. Mix it with being extremely observant and it can get kind of weird sometimes.
5️⃣ I have been working on loving myself inside and out and really accepting who I am, no matter what. I try to promote this way of thinking to my students everyday. Middle school is an awkward time and if anyone needs to build their self-esteem it’s middle schoolers!