Teaching it Forward
SPED Newsletter for Region 2
The Very Best Apple- August 2021
One day, I did an activity that I had learned from a mentor and professor of mine at TAMUCC, where groups of professionals received a bag of apples and had to choose the best apple and write down observable criteria which helped them make that decision.
I am always amused by how proud people become of their chosen apple. Yet, when their "gifted apple" transferred to another table and was measured by the criteria of another group- it often didn't measure up to that group's standards. The incoming apple didn't fit in. It might be red where the others were green, be small where the others were large, or it didn't have a stem like the rest.
Like these apples- children come to school meeting a set of criteria that may not match the criteria we grew up with or the criteria the school has adopted to measure success. Being able to see and critically evaluate our preconceived standards along with providing some space to learn the values, rules, and experiences of the unique human beings in our class can have a positive impact on our teaching practices.
A child may still be learning how to meet the standards of our classroom. But, they have a lot to offer.
I encourage you to imagine each child that walks into your school as someone's very best apple.
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