When the week has been hard because all the students can think about is a day off, you can feel like you are just counting the minutes along with the students. But there are some moments of clarity.
Renay has been sitting in health class with students supporting students to learn about positive choices to make and the remaining lessons of the class are subjected to laughter and smirks by the students. But Renay has been holding a line being professional over the health class. At the end of the day though, reviewing the little giggles: it reminds us that there is joy in watching students learn.
Something is uncomfortable, a fact, a new science procedure, a realization in English class we laugh. And the educators in the room may internally smile. But it will be the thing that carries them through the day. After a million times redirecting a student to stay on task, then finding something to make one smile can carry you through.
Educating is a hard industry. Most folks are believed to not make it past five years. Remember the laughter as someone learns something new. Find the joy in the day. Educating alongside a student with a disability in an inclusive classroom is unique because one is not alone. Those moments of educating together are shared. Especially ones that make us smile.
Before we go:
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