The school for hippies

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I now spend my days with the worlds soon to be hippies. . .they don't walk in lines they move in herds. My university moved me to a charter school … into a multiaged classroom. Multiage is not like a combo classroom, which is set up out of necessity to keep up numbers in schools. It is an opportunity to have students of several ages and levels together to create leveled learning. Kate and Anthony work as team teachers to 40 students. So now I get to be apart of their team! Within the first two weeks I encountered a LICE scare! Ok so first of all I didn't even know that ppl had lice anymore! Let alone normal clean kids. When I found out I suddenly felt like my scalp was itchy and it wasn't cause it was dirty! Needless to say I came home and washed my hair 3 times. And wore it in a bun for a week. Funny story one of my kids is within the autism spectrum and is obsessed with trash trucks. Now if you know anything about autism this isn't exactly odd. This obsession goes down to the tiniest details I mean he knows what trash trucks pick up what types of dumpsters…what the beeps mean…he even has the schedule memorized aka thursdays he must be home right after school to see the trash truck. One day at school we were outside having a field day called Measurement Olympics little trash truck boy was outside throwing paper frisbees when a trash truck pulled into the back lot. Inside I am panicking I mean hello this kid is like frozen mid frisbee toss eyes locked on the trash truck. I yell bob bob stop bob look at me! My teacher just says bob go look at the trash truck ashley take him. Best idea ever he was immediately relaxed and took off for the trash truck. My reward was a 15 minute analysis of the trash truck. Needless to say he is quickly becoming one of my favorite students.

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students with exceptionalities...

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the things you will learn from them... love it!

 
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