Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Never Let a "Label" Define A Student
What did you learn this past (or, for our southern hemisphere friends, what ARE you learning this current) school year that you couldn’t have learned any other year, from any other students or colleagues or administrators or parents? What lessons did this particular year, this particular setting, these particular children bring into your life?
posted by @happycampergirl for #Kinderchat #Kinderblog2012 Challenge
So here goes...
I could say it was getting connected, or getting my students to blog but both of those had more to do with me learning through twitter, than actually learning from my students, or colleagues or administrators or parents. For me one big theme that stood out with this bunch of students is working towards a goal with out giving up, in other words perseverance. I had several students with learning challenges yet not one of them ever complained about school being difficult. And no I didn't make it "easy" for them. The word "can't" was seen as a naughty word and was not used in our classroom. Every one applied themselves to the best of their ability day in and day out. It was a little piece of heaven really because some of them really did have a lot to complain about. But complaining didn't happen and instead they achieved so much.
My student who struggled with letter sounds was keen to blog and share his story . My highly anxious students were able to speak in front of the class. My limited English speakers took risks daily trying to improve their oral language skills. They all wanted to be the best that they could be yet they wouldn't let their challenge get in their way. But the one student that sticks out the most from this year, the one who stuck with it even though her challenge was so great, was my selective mute. She was a very special little girl.
For the sake of this blog post we'll call her Kayla (although that's not her real name). Kayla suffers from pretty severe anxiety enough that she will not speak at school. But Kayla came to school every day with a smile and always did her best. Although Kayla never spoke she was a very popular member of our class. She made her friends giggle, and would lend a helping hand when ever she could. Kayla was, and is a very bright student.