Happy 2017 to everyone! May this year bring you all good things. Well, I am counting down the days to my official retirement from public school service! What a BIG adjustment in thinking this is – undoubtedly blog worthy in its own rite. But one thing this adjustment phase is teaching me, is that my desire to support teachers is truly a part of what makes me tick. With that being shared, I am now guessing I am going to be learning more about this blogging thing and how to reach out this way to help teachers and parents – and students too! Yes, students with and without IEPs and diagnosed or undiagnosed learning difficulties are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas on how teachers can help them more effectively. I used to have my students in both general and special education classes make a wish list of how their teacher/s could talk, teach, behave so they would learn best. Then, from this list I worked with each one to build their advocacy skills. I will be providing a student self advocacy curriculum soon, it is in print development now. Student input on this will be very valuable to me and the product.
I hope to hear from parents, students, teachers, counselors, and administrators soon with questions, ideas, input, success stories and requests for assistance. And please remember that teaching is the only profession and behavior that enables ALL other professions, trades and skills! If someone learned how to do a new behavior from you, then YOU were a teacher, and it probably felt great why you saw the person able to do that new behavior – tie shoes, use a knife and fork, tell time, and on and on.