There are momentary gems in the day of a substitute teacher. They are rare, but they are there. I’m talking about those little moments, those beautiful ‘ah-ha’s’ when you tell yourself, YES, this is why I wanted to be a teacher. THIS is why I got into education.
A colleague of mine was working in a collaborative class with a special education teacher. It was a LifeSkills classroom, and many of the students who are at home in that classroom live with some form of Autism. When I have had a privilege to work in that classroom, it’s like a breath of fresh air, a wonderful teaching moment, for both me and the students. For as much as we teach the students in this class, they also teach us, the educators.
So, the general education teacher asked, if you could go anywhere in the world, anywhere at all, where would it be? Fiji? Paris? London? Australia? Mexico? Hawaii? Disneyland?
The student responded with such gusto, such excitement, such pride, such JOY.
A beautiful moment indeed.
I hope this puts a smile on your face, warmth in your heart, and gives us educators the perspective that we sometimes need.