Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Carly's Voice

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Carly and Author Fleishmann What an amazing book! This is a must read for all teachers and folks who work with students with special needs. While the story unfolds about a child who is non-verbal with severe autism, it certainly teaches the reader not to assume that because a child is not communicating in the way we are used to doesn't mean the child is not communicating at all. This child discovers her voice through typing and the reader is given a glimpse of what challenges she has. Here is a brief excerpt from YouTube. This is inclusion at its finest, but what hard work the parents had to do to get her there. Kind of a sad note on our system really. I wonder why this happens and then I realize, many times teachers are just afraid of how to deal with students who cannot communicate like we do. And schools do need support and need to learn about how to meet the needs of our exceptional students. Finding time and resources to do this is always a challenge no matter how well intended you are as a teacher. This is an amazing book. You can follow Carly's blog and you can follow her on Twitter @CarlysVoice What an amazing young woman.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Motivation!

I know that sometimes it is hard to stay motivated when trying to create the "perfect" inclusive class. you come up against roadblocks either from the "system" or trying to meet all needs. You get tired. . . You get pushback from colleagues. Parents make demands of your time. After all, we are only human in this journey toward excellence for all. Well, I came across the video in my Twitter reading. What a way to define yourself as a teacher and to meet each day. I love the final question: Was I better today than I was yesterday? Daniel Pink's book, "Drive" is one that I haven't read yet but is on my summer reading list. Anyone have any thoughts about the book?