I asked you what you'd like special-educators to know, and the latest contribution to the Readers Respond page calls on teachers to remember how much parents would love to look up to them and work with them if only they'd rise to their calling. Writes lele:
Remember Why You Have That Title: Every day you should celebrate each child's strengths and weaknesses!!! Although you may prefer the first, remember the latter is what helps the first succeed. Your title means everything to us parents; we look upon you to help us along the way. Don't be afraid to speak out, recommend, or go against the grain. We rely on you to help us help our child. We understand you may have your own battles with the school district; but please remember our battles as well!! We try our best (most anyways) to incorporate what is in the classroom at home to help our child succeed twofold. Help us to understand what works and doesn't so that we may be of service to you as well. Your title of Special Education Teacher tells us parents you have compassion, empathy, dedication, and motivation for our precious gifts. When things are tough, please do not give up on our babies; we are counting on you to pull through. We appreciate you everyday because we realize your title/position present challenges as well.
What do you wish your child's teachers knew? What do you wish you could make them understand? Share your messages of hope and frustration on the Readers Respond page. And to try to stay upbeat about the possibilities to come, read Eight Ways to Stay in Good School Spirits.
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