I love lists. I make them for tons of reasons, and, yes, I am one of those people who add things that I’ve already done just to cross them off. Recently, I was reflecting back on my past two and half years of teaching and an interesting list started to come together in my mind.
There have been many things over the past couple of years that I never dreamed I would be doing, hence, my “Top Five Things I NEVER Thought I Would Do as a Special Ed Teacher” list.
- Eat at a hibachi grill with my students.
Last year, after a field trip to Helen Keller’s birthplace, my students and I experienced a little culture at a Japanese restaurant. They loved it! One of my students, however, did firmly scold the chef for playing with fire.
- Become an expert on the carbohydrate counts of
school cafeteria menu items.
When one of my students was diagnosed with diabetes, we were instructed to monitor her carbs at breakfast and lunch. By now, I can pretty much recite carb counts for the menu items: chicken salad=14, ranch dressing=1, serving of grapes=10, etc.
- Make cornbread in the microwave.
As a part of life skills instruction last year, my class had a cooking competition for corn bread. We split the class into two teams: one that made this traditional southern food the old fashioned way and another that made it using the microwave. I was in charge of the microwave team, and, for the record, we won.
- Hold a quail and snake.
On two recent field trips, I got to hold a small snake and a three-day-old baby quail (thankfully not at the same time).
Have a chicken pen in my office.
As a part of our 4-H club, my class is raising 21 baby chickens to show at the county fair in September. Since we leave them here at night and over the weekends, we needed them to be in a contained area in case of escapees. Of course, the small area of my office was the best choice.
So, for all of you aspiring special education teachers, see what you have to look forward to?! You’re getting ready to be in one of the most exciting fields ever! For all current teachers, please share what makes your lists of “Things I NEVER Thought I Would DO as a Special Ed Teacher”.