Sunday, June 1, 2008

What The????

My sister and I were at the park this afternoon when she told me about a Kindergarten teacher in Florida who had a child voted out of the classroom by his classmates. Shocked, I immediately turned to Google to read this article. I am just sick thinking about how this little boy must be feeling. His teacher needs to resign because clearly she is not in the right profession and her actions are not in the best interest of her students. This is horrible in any situation but knowing that this child was under going tests to determine if he has Aspergers and the teacher did this????

To be honest, there have been instances when I have been so frustrated with the students in my classroom, including those with Autism. Last year I sat down next to J, a boy in my class who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3, and told him we had to come up with a plan so we could both get through our days together without getting upset with one another. We came up with a secret signal just for me and him so I would know he needed a break and he would wear his weighted vest and run errands for me around the school. Other times, when he was really acting out I arranged for him to assist with recycling and he would check everyone's recycling bins to make sure there weren't items in there that could not be recycled. I understand how difficult it can be to be a teacher. I have lost my cool from time to time but at least I know patience is a must and public humiliation of any child is a definite NO!!



My God I wish you were my son's teacher. You never cease to impress me with your genuine love and interest in your students.
I couldn't watch the video, but it does break my heart to think about. What do they say? It takes 10 positives to make up for 1 negative or something? This will probably take a bit more. Ugh.

Mean Mommy said...

This just breaks my heart. That poor little one. I know I told you about it, but I hadn't seen the story about it, I'd just read it. Seeing the boy makes me even sadder for him.