14 Apr

Blog Day 4: it is April 14, 2021, and it is 1:04 in the morning.  I cannot seem to fall asleep; I guess it is time to write.  Had to substitute yesterday for a special education teacher and then kindergarten in the afternoon.  The morning informed me why I chose education for the past thirteen years.  It was not about grades, tests, quizzes, and/or any data.  It was just about teaching a concept, forming connections, and helping to mold a child to become a better version of him of herself. 

A first-grade student called me “Stranger danger” and a kindergarten student reminded me of Young Shelton.  I guess “stranger danger” was suitable for me because it was the first time for me to work with the first-grade lad.  I informed him that he was right; I was a stranger to him but also informed that him that I was an adult and was assigned to work with him for the day.  With respect to the kindergarten student, he reminded me of a Young Shelton.  He did not want me to use the phrase ‘stinky feet’, and always let his voice be heard and had a unique personality. 

With regards to other students needing assistance, I noticed one student who was holding her scissors incorrectly.  I was about to correct her but found out that she was left-handed.  This hit home for me because I had to learn how to cut using my right hand.  As a result, the muscle memory that I developed in my left hand became very weak-thus I do not have fast handwriting. Now-a-days, there are certain companies that create materials for south paws (left handers).  I decided to share it with a teacher.  The website happens to be called “Anything Left Handed”. https://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk/.  I do hope that the fellow colleague shares it with the student.

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