Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Slice of Life

“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.”

~James Earl Jones

Today isn't so much a slice of life, but more of my musings.  When I read the quote by James Earl Jones, "One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter" I first thought how true.  Then as I began to think about October and it being Down syndrome awareness month I began to ponder on these words even more.  

Last night I watched Ty Pennington's Extreme Home Make Over. It featured a family who had adopted 6 children (who are now adults) with Down syndrome.  The love I saw on all the members of this family made me cry with joy. The pure joy on the workers as they help this family build a home so that the adults with disabilities feel as if they are living on their own, yet have the safety of a care giver near by.  As  a parent of a child who has Down syndrome, I firmly believe that it is my job to speak for her and others that truly cannot.

But, I also believe it is the same for the classroom. It is my job to advocate for my students, for myself, and for my profession.  Right now education is being reformed, bashed, or however you want to word it.  But, I can firmly say that some things do need to change.  I don't have the answers I can only say what I know. 

I know majority of teachers teach because they have desire in their hearts to teach children.
I know not all students are not on grade level--it's my job to make them grow.
I know daily assessment should be driving instruction, formal and informal.
I know the problems will not be fixed over night.
I know we need to work together to change things.
I know both sides have the same driving force--what' best for kids.

My musings may be messy, but it's what is on my heart now. 

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  1. Doesn't matter if it's not a slice of life, per se. It's a slice of your thinking and reflects where you're at (great English, I know) right now. Beautiful.

  2. I feel like I'm holding a tiny edge of a huge parachute right now. The parachute is "teaching", the air that surrounds the parachute is the students. There are others lifting and lowering the parachute - and the air is moving silently, seemingly without notice.

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