Posted by julie @ 8:35 pm

#weeklywordinspiration goodness

Do you see the goodness of the people around you? Do you encourage them, through your actions and reactions, to show the goodness of their hearts and their intentions?
What about you? Have you shown your goodness through actions and words? We all have our own innate goodness, we just have to show it and make others feel inspired to do good too.
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Weekly Word Inspiration : FOCUS

FOCUS 2017

Focus is that one word that I always tell my students whenever their attention to tasks needs to be 100%. Focus is that word too, that I need to stay on track with the tasks I need to accomplish, be it a little thing or something major.

Social media has somehow made us lose focus on the things that we should be giving importance to. Do you have time to read a good book or that time has been spent scrolling the social media feeds of other people?

Do you have time to focus on your goals or have lost the time meant for these because the focus was given to other pursuits that were not really worth the time and effort. Have you given focus on how you should be working on how to be a better person instead of spending time looking into other people’s lives? Have you overshared so much of yourself that you forgot to keep the special things just for you alone or maybe just between you and your loved ones to intimately share?

I hope that this word, focus, gives me a clear visual path to be able to be a better version of me. I also hope that 2017 will be a year to remember because I have focused on what is more important to pursue and experience with joy in my heart.

By the way, if you focus hard enough, say hello to that little creature that blended well with its surroundings.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:52 am

In my line of work as a Special Ed teacher, it helps to understand and try to see the reasons why the parents of my (current and would-be) students say or do things that seem to question my abilities to teach their child. It still seems controversial to me, no matter how long I have taught and how much I have valued my work as a reflection not just of my abilities to teach, but as a reflection of the values I hold dear, as a mother and as a professional.

Maybe these parents are still reeling from the fact that their children have been given a diagnosis that they themselves have been suspecting before it was officially written on paper.

Maybe these parents feel vulnerable and are afraid to know what the future will be like when their children are older: will they be able to cope, adjust, be like the typically developing children, will their potentials be developed and be tapped for them to be independent citizens?

In everything, it is for the benefit of the child, and his/her family if the parents are willing to cooperate and work with the people who will help them develop the full potentials of the child(ren).

As a special education teacher, my work is not done at the end of our one-on-one sessions. There would be times when I get frantic messages or calls. There would be times when parents and I discuss at length what needs to be done, only to repeat the same conversation after a day or two. Being a teacher does not entail just working with a child but working cooperatively with his/her parents and family. In doing so, working together with the parents and the other auxiliary service providers gives the child the best advantage in tapping and developing his/her full potential. The journey won’t be easy nor short, but it is a start.

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