A Parent/Teacher Exchange Worth Sharing
I don’t know if the families realize how lucky they are to have their child in a class that is taught by a teacher with a master’s degree in special ed. You are able to offer all of the kids an individualized approach to learning– disability or not. As well, you have specialized knowledge about learning styles and strategies to teach that many general ed teachers don’t have.
One of the reasons I love SMSOC is that all kids are included– no big deal. It made me so happy that Brandon participated and drew “The Scream.”
My concern was not wanting to make autism weirder than it is– and it IS weird– but also to say that people are people, bottom line. My desire is to normalize autism and families like ours yet still acknowledge the hard reality. I was so glad that Izzy wanted to share– we have no shame about it. Izzy and I were laughing this morning that Ames came in all his glory: Soviet Union t-shirt, Hawaiian shorts, and socks on his hands– and then told everyone not to worry because he doesn’t smoke!
So, really, I welcome your critique and your thoughts. I think yesterday was really important for Izzy.
And if you are interested, this week on the PBS News Hour, there is a week-long series about people with ASD and their families. It is excellent and thoughtful and discusses controversies (such as vaccines) calmly and scientifically.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to me. I absolutely love my job and the kids I get to work with each day. I’m glad that I got to meet Ames. I feel like most of the kids really made a connection through our discussion and activities to someone/something in their lives. I hope that our discussion will make them think first before judging people before they know the whole person and will help them see all of the qualities that make a person a person. I hope that Izzy felt like she was able to share everything she wanted. Our families play such a HUGE role in shaping who we are, and it’s important for Izzy’s classmates to understand that piece of her and her love of her brother, Ames. Thanks for the PBS info.
Again, thank you,
It shows that you love your job and I knew it from the instant you gave us a tour several years ago!