Aug 182014
 

How a Student Can Teach and a Teacher Can Learn

Kristina rolled into my life in 2004. Literally. You see, she has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. She came to me as a sixth grader; a passionate, expressive girl whose difficulty verbalizing her thoughts hindered her ability to express herself.

I was her special education teacher. She would eventually become my teacher.

“What do you see yourself doing after high school?” I asked one day as I wheeled her to the elevator. She was then in eighth grade. Kristina wryly replied that she was not going to be a professional soccer player. She wanted to be a part of a publishing company and write.

Sep 022013
 

One of the major concerns I have with our current “reform” movement in education is the preponderance of testing that we do with our special needs kids. In addition to this heavy load that our students are expected to bear, teachers already are or will soon be evaluated on how the students do on these tests. Student performance on the assessments will be reflected on teacher evaluation instruments. For teachers in general, and for teachers in the special needs realm, this can be a rather concerning situation.