If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
I am a pediatric occupational therapist in the education setting.
What grade do you teach?:
I also serve the Preschool special education population.
What subject(s) do you teach?:
How many years have you been teaching?:
I have been a pediatric therapist for 28 years and served students in the public education setting for 21 years. #bestjobever!
"My favorite school supply is a ball."
I am passionate about the physiology behind learning! My mission in education has been to address the foundation skills for moving, looking and listening efficiently to allow each child greater currency to use for paying attention and learning.
Erin, My thoughts were that if the classroom design supports the sensitive sensory learner better, then the teacher can enjoy and appreciate the student to a greater degree and have the opportunity for a greater connection and thus greater empathy. In my experience these students are very difficult to manage in a larger classroom environment and the relationship becomes exhausting and at time straining which lessons the opportunity for connection and usually leads to the student sitting outside of the group activities isolated and doing things that calm, quiet or focus him or her. A calmer more engaged student has more opportunity to engage with classmates as well. I also thought that if every student has a visual schedule or "personal space ship" then the student with sensory processing difficulties stands out less which is less isolating. ? What are your thoughts?
I agree Angelo Truglio! The opportunity to start a Kids Master Class - "Go Me!" time portfolio and build character skills at an early age is priceless ! My Kindergarten student today reflected on how proud he was to finally learn how to bounce and catch a ball! He said he learned by practicing and working with others on the skill. We connected the character traits of grit and perseverance to his vocabulary when talking about how hard the task was at first and then stamina, cooperation and concentration to specify HOW he finally mastered the skill. The best part was his new found optimism. He now wants to take on the next hard challenge of learning how to swing!!