This is a different kind of post then usual. My heart hurts right now. If you have read my profile you will already know that I am a special education teacher (autism) in a high school. I also teach a small special education social studies class. Our school is gearing up for History Day and I was paired up with a young teacher to do the kick off meetings. I was told and confirmed with this other teacher that the kick off was scheduled for tomorrow. He sent me an email today telling me that they had the kick off this past Monday.
Now, I know that I only have ten students, but they are living breathing human beings. They may not be like the typical individual but they want to be included and treated just like everyone else. My heart broke when I told them that we missed the kick off. You see, I love my students and I really love my job. So, when they are excluded and basically treated like second class citizens I take this very personally. As a black woman I know what it feels like to be excluded. So, since I don't want to cry at school I have decided to list the blessing my students are to me.
I am blessed to work with some of the most interesting students.
I am blessed to have students with a very unique perspective on life.
I am blessed to work with students that rarely lie to me, and when they try they do it so badly I kinda smile at their attempt.
I am blessed to work with students who really live in the moment.
I am blessed to work with students who always tell you what's on their mind.
I am blessed to work with students that don't play mind games.
I am blessed to work with students that have taught me as much as I have taught them.
So, now I got to get back to work. I have realized that I can't expect others to love my students like I do, but they will respect them! I'm gonna try to fix this situation and get them to a kick off even if I have to bus them to another school in the district. Until next time...