Love my job – SEN teaching

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I am loving my job! I wrote a post before Christmas about how things were looking up with the start of a new job and I just needed to follow up with how much I am loving it.

I am teaching in a school for children with special needs and I can honestly say that it is the most fulfilling teaching job that I have ever done. The children in my class are fantastic. They are inspiring me to teach in a way I have never felt comfortable with before. I have become the over the top, singing, dancing, making a fool of herself teacher and I am having so much fun doing it.

We are doing a topic on space and so last week I made a huge tub of moon sand (8 cups flour to 1 cup baby oil – have a go) and we took a trip to moon. We played in the sand, exploring it with our hands and feet (and sometimes mouths!) and then we had a moon picnic. This week we made rockets and went zooming around the school with them. I could be found pushing a child in a wheelchair singing ‘zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon’ at full voice. It was great. I have been a dingle dangle scarecrow on more occasions than I can remember and I believe that I am the most enthusiastic participant of ‘the wheels on the bus’ in the class.

Of course it comes with challenges. Instead of trying to differentiate a lesson for children between 2a and 5c I am wondering how I can make my PE lesson inclusive for a child who is visually impaired, one who is hearing impaired and three with varying mobility. I am having to think in a different way and teach in a different way. It is fantastic though. I always believed that I preferred a structured teaching approach. I was Mrs K and was actually quite strict. I made sure that something written was produced each lesson and prided myself on fully marked books full of ‘well done’ stamps, positive comments and next steps. In this role there is virtually no ‘produced’ work. Most of the lessons are sensory but that doesn’t mean that learning is not taking place. I can see progress everyday. Tiny little steps of progress but progress none the less.

I believe that I have found my future in teaching. My position is only temporary until the end of the summer term but I already know that I do not want to go back to teaching in a mainstream school.

Do you love your job?

P.S Any sensory activity ideas welcomed!

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Love to wrap – babywearing at its best!

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I have loved babywearing since baby boy was tiny, using a stretchy wrap, woven wrap and semi structured buckled carrier. I enjoy carrying with all of them but recently I have found that wrapping is my favourite way of carrying. I think the reason is that we have started to work on back carries.

I still enjoy front carries with baby boy snuggled against me. If he is struggling to sleep in the day I know that I can pop him in a front carry in the wrap and he will quickly nod off. However despite being small for his age he is getting heavier and so I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and get to grips with back carrying.

I had intended to go along to my local sling group but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the recent meet. I am fully intending to go to the next one! I had no choice but to watch a few tutorials on YouTube and just basically have a go. The first few attempts were a disaster but very slowly I started to get the hang of it. I still need a lot of practise to get it perfect and I want to learn some better carries (I can only do the most basic) but I am happy that my wrapping ability is improving. I even managed to walk half an hour to a relative’s house on New Year’s Day with baby boy in a back carry. I was very pleased with myself.

I just hope that my love of babywearing doesn’t turn into an addiction like my love of cloth nappies. I already have a stretchy wrap (soon to go on loan), two woven wraps, a ring sling and an ergo. I think that is enough – for now!

Do you love to babywear? What is your favourite carry?

Where did last year go?

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First off I would like to say a belated Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May this year contain much joy and happiness for you and your families.

Now that that is out of the way please can somebody tell me where 2014 went? Surely it wasn’t a whole year ago that I was heavily pregnant getting ready for baby boys arrival. It can’t even have been that long ago that baby boy was born. However here I am with an almost 1 year old! Where did the time go?

Whilst I am happy for the new year and all that it brings I would like to ask that 2015 not disappear as quickly as 2014. That is my plea!

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