Hello! I have the honor of being the Special Education Teacher of a fantastic group of students. My job is to fill in gaps and make the standards of curriculum accessible. I try all kinds of learning approaches to give my students the tools they need to be successful in a general education classroom.
Sometimes people don't understand how frustrating it can be for a Special Education student to do the things typical students take for granted.
Like how difficult it can be to just sit still for 5 minutes- literally, 5 minutes or processing basic math and reading skills. Or why we need to learn things that don't seem important at the time. Or why can't I just give them the answer because it's a pain to have to use Google.
There are days I want to give up, yell, scream, and throw things as soon as the bell rings at the end of the day, and then there are days I can't believe have ended so soon as we just started sharing a small moment or a big idea.
It's almost the end of the day and a kid comes up to me and tells me he brought me a present. I'm so excited- I love gifts; and I am thinking this kid made me a card or some cookies... and he hands me a re-sealed water bottle he pulls out of his backpack.
He says he almost forgot to give it to me, so the water bottle had been in his backpack for hours.
Inside the bottle is a red fish.
He brought me a betta he bought at the pet store and stuck it in a water bottle to bring to school.
I grabbed a container I found in a dusty closet and after cleaning it out, slowly poured the fish and water into it. The betta was stunned for a minute and I wasn't sure it was alive. Then the fish started swimming and I realized I had a class pet. I had a betta brought to me in a water bottle. Since I teach Science, I named him, Atom.
Atom would really like a bigger house and maybe a friend. He could use a small heater, too. Atom's new tank is capable of growing live plants. It's really cool because it uses an aquaponic system to cycle the fish water. The fish water is used to feed the plants and the plants and waterfall help clean the water; making it safe for Atom and his friends.
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