Monday, November 9, 2015

Got Grit?

The following video confirms something I've always believed. It's not how smart you are, but how hard you work.

Talent doesn't give you grit.

I've seen this in my writing career. It's not the most talented writers who get published. It's the ones who persevere, don't give up. Those with dogged determination.

The ability to learn changes with your effort. I'm a perfect example of that, I think. I'm a non-traditional student. I went back to school in my late 40s. I'm graduating in my mid-50s. And yes, I passed tests not because I'm smart, but because I have a work ethic. I have the grit and determination to succeed. Maybe some people call this stubbornness.

Here's a TED talk that confirms my view:



So, teachers, don't give up on those kids with low IQs or achievement test scores. Value hard work, model hard work, foster hard work. And watch them soar!

Preclinical Experience -- bring it on! And my Special Ed Praxis Scores are IN!

It's been awhile since I've posted here. I've been super busy with classes and working full time and writing my books! (I just finished a 100,000 word historical novel! But my agent wants me to rework the ending so it's not quite ready to be shopped around. Yet.)

Here's my one sheet (rough draft):

You can read more about my books on my writing website: KarlaAkins.com

Okay, back to education news. I'm excited about starting my preclinical hours on the 16th of this month. This will be my first phase of student teaching!

I'm fortunate to have been placed in a great classroom with a fantastic teacher. She was my granddaughter, Avery's, teacher last year. I am eager to soak up all I can and learn how she manages her classroom. One thing I've noticed about this school is how well all the teachers manage behavior. It's one of the best schools I've ever substitute taught in. 

Also, I have awesome news! My Praxis score is in for my Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications test. The score range for this test is 100-200 with the average scores being between 164-179. 

I got a 197!

Oh yeah. You can teach an old dog new tricks. This granny is rockin' it!

(Source: http://www.icanjuggle.com/newact.jpg)

Honestly, I have no idea how I managed that. I'm trying to remember the written questions and I can only remember one of them. That test is a blur to me. But I'm extremely grateful for that score!

Sometimes I worry that my age may hinder me from getting a job after I graduate. But actually, when I had my interview with the school principal about getting placed for my preclinical hours, he didn't seem to be bothered by my age. At least, it didn't come up. 


Still, when I got introduced to staff and they were told that my grandchildren attend the school -- I got a few amazed and puzzled looks. Oh well. Age is just a number, right? 

And I think as an older student, I bring years of life experience to the table. Hopefully that will aid me in getting a good teaching placement once I graduate.

Mrs. Akins, You Taste Like Soap

Pretty sure this will be the title of my next book. Teaching students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and students with auti...