It is an unwritten rule that each and every year we teach, we have a new set of experiences to learn from. Last year, my autistic kiddos and other special needs sweet peas made me a better teacher than I ever thought I could be. And I miss them. I really, really do. (If you would have told me that at the beginning of last year, I would have probably laughed at you, then looked at you sideways, but really, now, it's true!) :)
This year, I really am blessed to have another diverse classroom that I've never had before-- multiple (multiple) students with dyslexia. In the past, I've had 1 or 2, and I have followed accomodations, loved them lots, and really tried to help them succeed. This year, though, with many more, I'm having to amp up my teaching, add to my teaching "repitiore" and learn lots of new tricks and techniques. Which. is. awesome. I REALLY love learning, and just over these past few weeks, I've been so blessed to learn something new each and every day.
Yesterday, our dear, sweet dyslexia therapist spoke with us in our afternoon staff meeting, and she shared some pretty powerful videos. And of course, now I HAVE to share them with you! (Caution: Cry easily? Heads up!)
This next one has the beginning from an acutal documentary, but has been edited to include a "commercial" on the tail end for a specific school. Sorry I couldn't do the whole documentary, but if you just disregard the ending for the school, the first 80% of it is AMAZING....
So, after these first few weeks of school, and of course, some YouTube inspiration, I thought I'd devote the next few weeks (for myself) to learn all I possibly can about dyslexia and helping my kiddos! Which means, in turn, that I'm going to TRY to be a more reliable blogger (like last year!) and share with you! No promises though-- I don't know what it is, but I just can't seem to juggle this year like I could last! :) But anyways, check back soon...I might just have something new and interesting to share. Happy Thursday!