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Different Days
Wed Jun 3, 2015 16:50

I think this point is so vital to teaching all children. We all have days where one thing may appeal to us, and days where it doesn't. There are days when I'm really excited about going out to run, and days when the idea of leaving my couch makes me want to hide under a blanket. I think the important thing is to know that they are trying. If we step back and look at the fact that they are making progress, even if it is slow or we don't see it on a certain day, when you look at where they have come from in the beginning, you will almost always see improvement. Even the tiniest bit of improvement is worth noting and how we can stay motivated to keep going. It is also important to give them a little grace. We all have off days, but without them, the good days wouldn't seem quite so wonderful. The off days keep us on our toes after all. We have to be patient and love them for the people that they are, not the people we sometimes wish they would be.

  • Everyday is Different - andersenal, Wed Jun 3 13:03
    Something that I found to be really important in the article about Natural Emergent Literacy for Preschoolers was how one day can be so different from the next when working with students with ASD.... more
    • I Agree! - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 6 15:47
      I read this article and that is one thing that I noted off the side. I think that as teachers that we definitely need to keep some sort of record on those type things, that show when they progress... more
    • reply andersenal - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 4 16:40
      I totally agree with you. I really liked what you said about tomorrow being a good day. As a special education teacher it can be extremely hard to keep a positive outlook and it can be very easy to... more
    • Differences - Amanda Wallace, Thu Jun 4 14:40
      I think this is so important! We all have good days and bad days. We are also all different and those days will vary. One students bad day may be the same as another students good day. I really do... more
    • Everyday is Different Reply - parsonkl, Wed Jun 3 21:45
      As humans, we all have bad days at some point. With working with ASD students, they may have several bad days in a row followed by one good day. Moods and actions can be unpredictable. It is... more
    • Different Days - luckadooso, Wed Jun 3 16:50
    • They Are Human Too - Jean Milton, Wed Jun 3 14:25
      I totally agree with your statement about keeping patience and realizing that everyday will be different. I think another thing to keep in mind is that these students are human too and they have the... more
    • Reply to Amanda - Maggie Horne, Wed Jun 3 13:46
      Amanda, I think that is a key thing to remember when working with all students. Everyone, including us as teachers, will have bad days when we are not functioning at our best. Recognizing this fact... more
    • Re: Everyday is Different - bennettmc, Wed Jun 3 13:17
      I also read this article and thought that was a key point the authors made. The quote was on page 290 and it said, "An important idea that the children helped us to understand was never to assume... more
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