Friday Two Cents: Practice Makes Perfect


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It is now the third week of me working in a kindergarten class from the beginning of the school year.   I am the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) working with a Kindergarten teacher in the room with 27 kindergarten children.  I can tell you that I am exhausted. 

The teacher and I are working hard to try to create an atmosphere of learning where they feel comfortable and safe.  At times it has been a challenge to say the least. But I have to give credit to these kids; they are so adaptable and understanding that it makes my heart feel good. 

Within the class there are two children with exceptional needs and at times they can be disruptive to the routine of the class.  Yet we tell the children that they just need extra help and we all have to be patient and help them understand the class rules.  And God bless these kids they try to help.  Some of the younger junior kindergarten children might not understand but they are trying to help. 

I have never worked with children how have exceptional needs to a degree as these two and I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive.  I have taken courses and some training for children with exceptional needs, but no practical experience.  However, there is a great special needs teacher that comes in and the teacher is also great.  I have learned a lot from them and the children are beginning to feel comfortable with them, even though my back is aching a bit.  Yet I am also starting to feel that there is some level of normalcy that is occurring in the room.  That the children are enjoying their time in school and therefore, so am I.

It’s not only me, the Kindergarten teacher sees it too.  The children are listening and they are getting use to the routine.  Yes the two are still far from getting the routine down but it is a work in process.  However there are signs that they too are adapting. 

We had an assembly about Terry Fox and the up coming run/walk.  They all sat well and enjoyed the presentation.  The teachers were pleasently surprised and had a sence of accomplishment. 

I guess it’s like what my music teacher always said, “Practice makes perfect.” 

Leo Mol's statue of Terry Fox in Ottawa

Leo Mol’s statue of Terry Fox in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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3 Responses to Friday Two Cents: Practice Makes Perfect

  1. cav12 says:

    I used to take a special needs class for reading once a week in the library. It was the most difficult yet rewarding time I spent as a teacher. From there I ‘fell’ into teaching yr 7 – 9 classes (boys) who had learning difficulties in reading. Hard work but out of all my classes I did enjoy working with them.

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      They are a joy exspecially when they do something wonderful and exceed what you or others might think they know. My biggest concern is that there needs to be more support for us in the classroom. There are times when one reacts or hirts the other children. We can only do so much and I do feel for the other child.
      One of the little girls is showing signs or fear and apprehension around him. Similar to what a child feels and acts like around a bully. I try and reassure her that he just needs some extra help and that he does not mean to hirt her or other children.
      At times like that my heart breaks because I feel for her and the other child. I so want to help but unfortunately even I have can only do so much.

      • cav12 says:

        I was fortunate as I had a support teacher as well as a teacher’s aide in the classroom. It made a big difference in helping the students as well as maintain classroom management.
        It’s a challenge for little ones especially if they haven’t been exposed to special needs children. They do adjust, that is one the fantastic features of introducing these children at such an early stage in the school system.
        I am sure you will do fine Paul. 😀

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