Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I'm Moving to Florida!!

I'm excited, scared, eager, anxious, curious and terrified. Please God, give me the teaching position that's a perfect fit. Help me to know it's the one!

I really believe in a higher power guiding my steps. 

But in the meantime, there's SO MUCH TO DO!

How do I get it all done with a broken foot?

So many questions: What do I leave behind? What do I take with me? 

I wish I knew where I'll be teaching before I pack the trailer. I have so many things that I'm willing to share and give away, but if I need them, will want to hang on to them. 

I hope wherever God plants me, I'll be able to bloom. 

What would be the perfect teaching position?

I think, first of all, I'd like to teach in a school that feels like a family. A school with a growth mindset attitude and that's not afraid to have some fun. I'd love to have some co-workers to laugh with and collaborate creatively with. I'd love to work with teachers who are passionate about the art of teaching and who really care about kids. I definitely want to teach at a school that practices restorative discipline instead of punitive. And I'd love to have principals like the ones I have now -- who listen more than judge. Who treat their teachers with grace and fairness. And who work hard to communicate with kindness and respect. 

And I really hope God can place me where I can use my creativity to create meaningful, relative, interactive lessons. Is there such a place in public education? Maybe God can make it happen. I know He's always up to something good. 

I know I want a self-contained classroom, whether special education or 3rd/4th/5th grade or middle school. 

I'm excited to live among palm trees and beaches. I'm not excited about the bugs and alligators. 

I will have to learn to adjust to living in a house a stone's throw from another, bumper to bumper traffic, and a lack of green scenery due to sprawling neighborhoods in the suburbs. I will no longer travel on long lonely roads with miles of green fields on each side. I will miss this rural way of life, probably more than I can realize. 

But maybe, just maybe, kids are kids wherever I go. They need to know someone loves them and cares for them. They need to know they can keep trying and reach their goals. 

And maybe southern hospitality is a real thing and I'll soon feel at home in that new strange land. 

I'll keep you posted! I can't wait to see where the path leads me!

Monday, May 13, 2019

My students feel safe

Whew. I never know what they're going to say. 

I didn't tell them I'd showered with lavender soap because it's a calming scent. 

I love helping my students feel safe. When a student feels safe, they can learn. They can't learn when they are in the midst of fight or flight. 

It's my job to challenge my students each day so they can grow. It's really hard for them sometimes. I'm constantly wracking my brain and studying the research to find ways of reaching my students. Every student is unique. You can't compare them to anyone else. They react to stress in their own unique way. And for students with autism, school is very stressful. 

If I can make things a little softer, a little calmer, I'm going to do it. Tell me, what things do you to keep yourself and your students calm?

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Autism quote of the day

Why thank you, sweetie. I only waited six months for this $95.00 shirt to go on sale so I could buy it on clearance and then spent my birthday money on it instead of getting a haircut, but I'm so glad you shared that little tidbit of priceless information with me, darlin'...

Can you guess my new mascot?

As soon as I get my badge, I'll announce my new school and position. So excited!!