When students are identified as being "different," often this label is associated with a host of assumptions about the child behaviorally, academically, and socially.
When an educator sees "dyslexia" or "ADHD" on the SST or IEP identification form, they sometimes skip the step of getting to know the child as an individual and assume that they know what they are like based upon a prescribed set of symptoms associated with a diagnosis.
Making the assumption that a child is not capable is risky; making the assumption that a child does not have their own unique sets of skills and hindering the opportunities for them to use them is JUST as risky.
PARENTS: it is in your power to advocate to ensure that there are opportunities for your child to flex their creative muscles. Ask them to help strategize. To help solve problems. To brainstorm. To tell stories. To build. To colour. To Minecraft. To Daydream.
And please....encourage your child's teachers to do the same.
WHAT A DAY! Today our Adaptive PE teacher took our entire program on a field trip to hike Mt. Tom. It was incredible. For most of our kids (and some staff), this was the hardest they have ever worked their bodies! Our kids did an amazing job. • For some of our kids, this type of adventure is an experience that they may never have had the opportunity to enjoy if it were not for our school and more specifically for our Adventure Ed program. Our APE teacher goes above and beyond to come up with activities and trips that push our kids to step out of their comfort zones, work together and build their confidence. Today’s trip did just that. We are lucky to have such a great program and even luckier to have a teacher that believes in the program and even more so in our students.
Bittersweet. Ordering the graduation announcements for my youngest. Very proud of this young man! Will have his degree and is already working full time! Proof that hard work pays off and even if a teacher tells your parents they can’t teach you, it’s not you it’s them! #differentlearners Mic 🎤 drop. #teacherscanbewrong#unf
Fifth graders talk about their identities as learners in a classroom community. They discuss the fact that everyone in the community has different needs and that is okay, and that they may have different experiences of the same thing, and that is okay. And, that if are able to communicate their needs as learners, in a classroom where the goal is to learn together, then they will all be better equipped to help community members meet their needs and have their own needs met.
Today was our annual Scholastic Book Fair! I bought a couple of adorable picture books for my own personal collection which then led to this incredible moment. This student has really been struggling this year. While in my class today he asked if he could read to me. He read through one of my new books and then asked if he could read me another. It was beautiful. These are some of the moments that help on the days when I feel like I just can’t do it.
Totally lovin’ all the different strategies we had going on in small group today! 🙌 Do you have any awesome multiplication or division hacks?! I still have a couple students who haven’t fully grasped it yet!! 🤷♀️
Our Adaptive P.E. teacher has set up a “sensory walk” for the kids and they are loving it!! Each bucket is filled with something different (river rocks, flour, dyed water, water beads, bubble wrap, sticks, shaving cream, and another bucket of dyed water) and the kids step from one bucket to the next. The students said they liked the different feelings of going from hard materials to soft. They said their favorites were the water beads and the shaving cream and that the “soft” buckets were calming. • Have you done a sensory walk before? What materials did you use?
I want to remember today. The sitting down with a Sister who is walking the same mine filled field as I am. That while we both undertake this beautiful journey of teaching our children, we also endure the battles of different learners. It’s therapeutic to sit down with someone that knows all too well the tears shed, the days blown, the days where you just want to hide in a closet, and so fully, so completely love every centimeter of that human and would traverse the world to get them what they need to be able to thrive. I want to be her champion. As hard as the hard moments and hard days are, I want nothing more than for her to know that I will never stop knowing she can. With her little thumbs up and mine in return, she will overcome all obstacles because not a day goes by that I don’t doubt that God made me her mother and called me to be her teacher for a reason. We walk this field hand in hand. And oh it’s so encouraging to know that there are others out there in the trenches with you. This tench has a long table where “me too” is understood. #overcomingspd#differentlearners#homeschoolcollective#charlottemasonearlyyears#charlottemasonirl
How do you do report cards at your house? Is it all about the A? Do you pay for good grades? How do you emphasize learning and education over a GPA? How do you account for different abilities and talents in the same family?
Talking all about these questions today on @studio5ksl at 11. The link is up or check out the article “I Don’t Care if My Kids Get As” linked in my profile and weigh in on the conversation with your thoughts.
You will LOVE this episode! The coolest homework hacks by @meckmomlife the best sandwiches in Utah with @femalefoodie (my go to girl!), darling fall tablescapes by @theglitzypear and @brookewalker rocking 9 months pregnant with all of us. It’s a good one!
As a social-emotional teacher, it is so easy to get caught up in the redirecting and behavior management. I had a moment today that reminded me how important it is for us to acknowledge even the “little things” because those compliments may be the first positive thing that that student has heard about themselves in a while! • Did your student go an entire class without any redirections? PRAISE THEM! Did your student go an entire day without shutting down?? SHOUT TO THE MOON ABOUT IT! • It’s possible that the more we acknowledge these baby steps, the more likely our students are to continue these steps in the “right” direction. And even if they don’t, it is still important to give praise where it is due!
Today we held a couple of experiments to continue learning about physical and chemical changes. The kids were totally engaged and had a fun time seeing the different changes. Especially when I melted through multiple plastic cups with pure acetone 🤦🏼♀️!
What better way to end this first week of school than a little Follow Friday!! Follow these teachers for great ideas and awesome content! • Was this your first week of school too?! If not, how long have you already been back?
It’s finally back to school for me tomorrow! I’m excited for all the changes that have happened for my program this school year and I’m definitely excited to see my kids. Now here’s hoping these butterflies let me fall asleep!
The update you’ve all been waiting on! Our new and improved courtyard which will be used as a eating area for the students. A special thanks to @nautiqueboats volunteers that did a spectacular job over the summer!
Pictured from left to right is Mrs. Alixann Narcisse-Campbell (NAZ Founder) along with two of her dearest friends,
Miss. Natasha Parchment -Clarke and
Miss. Natalie Morris. They were panelists discussing the topic of ‘Developing a spirit of Volunteerism’ The NAZ team enjoyed the hour spent discussing why and how we serve the community. Each participant was challenged to dig deep to find ways in which they can serve more.
An hour very well spent.
Finishing up this order of weighted sensory pillows just in time for the start of the school year! This order contains two 5lbs and two 8lbs pillows! • Message me for details on getting some for YOUR classroom!!
Why yes, I did purchase this 5.5 ft long outdoor cushion for my reading area. Yes, it was already 50% off and YES I got an additional 10% off because there are a couple marks at the very top of it ☺️ • Ya girl is PUMPED about her Home Goods find!
“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. ✨