I wanted to chat today a little bit about the hardest part of our jobs: behaviors. As a severely handicapped teacher I have seen, heard and witnessed everything. Nothing is a surprise anymore, as I expect the unexpected. No matter how consistent I schedule my routine and how systematic I am, nothing can be predicted. But this is what I LOVE about being a special education teacher. I love that the students keep me on my toes. I love that the students keep me constantly seeking to give more and do more. I love that these students need me just as much as I need them.
Its discouraging to see the quick turn around and burn out life of a special education teacher. Its not meant for everybody, and that is OKAY. I have found that so many people take students behaviors personal. I see teachers make student challenges about themselves. I want to remind educators that behind every behavior is a reason, a cry for help, a question and a silly child wanting love. It is our role as educators to provide a safe, comfortable and loving school environment.
I have been using my calm down kits over the years with different students. I have set up my calm down kit differently depending on the bunch I have each year. I wanted to take a minute and share how other teachers and bloggers have set up the calm down kit in their classroom to meet their child's needs. I absolutely LOVE seeing positive behavior approaches in so many classrooms!
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