While this week off has been AMAZING and relaxing and full of lots of books and doodles and coffee, I’m so ready to get back to my kiddos. I’m missed those little boogers!
(And yeah… It kinda looks like “Back to ScNool!”. I’m fine with that. 🙂 )
It’s not Thanksgiving until your class make handprints turkeys 🙂
How cute is that?! Each one of my kids made one, and they loved every minute of the messy fun! We also wrote journal entries (using picture cards, of course) to tell about what we are thankful for! Such a wonderful way to get ready for the holiday!
And the fun didn’t stop when I got home… more doodles! Please enjoy this free download of the “Gobble, Gobble!” print!!
I love holidays!
I also love allowing my babes to have access to learning about said holidays just like their peers. That’s really important to me. That my kiddos get to see, learn, and do the same things as their peers.
For those of you who may not know, I teach 4 beautiful children with severe intellectual disabilities. And they are perfect in every way. They may not speak or walk the way some children do, but they have so much love in their little hearts and they are the BEST at expressing that love. Yes, even without words.
So I try to give them the most exciting, engaging, and meaningful education possible while still meeting their physical and medical needs. That means that I hit all the same standards as my regular education colleagues. And when there aren’t materials readily available so that my kids can participate, I make them. I make a lot of materials.
Recently I’ve begun putting some of those things on Teachers Pay Teachers. My thought is this: If I can help just one special education teacher out there give their students some access to what their buddies in the general education classrooms are getting, I think I’ve done an okay job at being a special educator.
What an honor it is to teach.
Today was a weirdo day. First day back from break = Basically the first day of school. So from the start it was slightly different feeling. But then the real kicker… I had no students. None. Zero. My classroom was completely empty.
But somehow it worked out as a HUGE blessing in disguise because I was able to spend the day in a class and a grade and with a group of kids that I never get to spend time with. And if I’ve learned one thing from teaching it’s that every new experience with children will teach you something.
Today I learned that I like being a “princess” teacher. What is a Princess Teacher, you ask? I believe it is a teacher with 3 qualities: 1. Patience. 2. Genuine interest. & 3. A little bit of silly.
While I probably get weird looks from other teachers because of the flowers in my hair, I just shake it off because 1. it’s all for the kids, and 2. I’m a princess 🙂