At first I tried to use the tools I have gathered over the many years of working with the hundreds of students who have been a part of my teaching journey. I have reflected, revised, talked to admin and mentors and occasionally resorted to assuming the fetal position under covers where I feel like an absolute failure.
Hyperbole aside, I am thankful because these students have forced me to really think about teaching and how I can best help the needs of my students. And for most part while many of the things I have implemented or revised have not been as successful as I would have liked with these students, they have definitely had a positive impact on my other classes.
So, I continue to read other’s blogs, find books with best practices, dialogue with peers, and be pragmatic. While I may never find the way to help this particular group of children, I have grown as an educator. Most of my classes are benefiting by this growth and for that I am thankful.