Today seemed like the perfect day to get back at it and share something special with all of you.
|photo by a close family friend, Jeremy Long|
Oh, and Teghan is dyslexic. She doesn't care if anyone knows it. Reading is a struggle. Spelling is a struggle that often sends her into hysterical giggles. Yet, she goes to school everyday, willing to try again. School can be painful and stressful for her. Yet, she goes to school everyday, willing to try again. Teachers can sometimes be dismissive and demonstrate an appalling lack of understanding. Yet, she goes to school everyday, willing to try again. She is amazing.
This year, Teghan has a wonderful Language Arts teacher who pushes her to do unique and creative "book reports" rather than paper and pencil.
She is amazing. Many of my freebies and products are made with her in mind. We all have amazing kids like Teghan (okay, not as beautiful and smart, because that would be impossible). I want to be remembered as a teacher who "got" them, and encouraged them to find their place of strength. I do not want to be remembered as the teacher who stressed them out and made them cry. Not all of our kids will shine in school. Some of them will shine once they are out of the confines of school. As important as school is, it is still just part of the picture. The longer I teach, the more I understand that truth.