The Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference in one word.
I grew exponentially.
Personally and professionally.
I learned about myself, others, and better ways of reaching kids. I met incredible people who generously shared their gifts with me.
I had never been to Alaska so the culture was new to me.
- If you teach in a small village in the bush, milk might cost you 15 bucks a gallon
- If you teach in a small village in the bush, there are no art, music or phy ed teachers
- Kids with special needs present the same ways no matter where they live
- There are great teachers and not so evolved teachers everywhere
- The teachers who choose to teach in remote areas only accessible by plane are made of a grit I will never possess.
- Every single person I interacted with was kind, generous, and genuine
I grew personally.
- I traveled alone and learned that I truly am comfortable alone in all ways
- I am able to connect with just about everyone I interact with and that is a good thing.
- I am able to give and receive comfortably
- I can eat alone in a restaurant or at a bar without relying on a book or my phone to keep me occupied
I grew professionally.
- My presentation went well
- I realize I have many more presentations in me- and on a variety of topics
- I know how to connect with an audience
- I am competent
- I have a wide and valuable knowledge base and people want to hear what I have to say
- We have a long way yet to go as far as reaching teachers and showing them there are better ways to manage students than with behaviorist approaches and methods
- Lindamood-Bell is a perhaps the best way to help students of all ages with reading struggles (verbal to visual and back)
- I hate Pearson Publishing even more now
- There are great new ways to help kids on the spectrum manage their anxiety thanks to incredible research being done in Colorado
- Most schools are not following recommended protocol for head injuries and how holy worrisome is that whole subject?
- There are like-minded people in every corner of the world and I am grateful for that
What I will be writing about in the near future.
- Lindamood-Bell approach to teaching reading
- behavior management
- accommodations for those with concussions
- school violence and bullying
- my good friend, Chocolate Cake
It is my hope to be called back to Alaska to work with some of the exceptional teachers I met.
Oh, and to eat more REAL salmon.