One of the things I love about my job is that I get to see my students every single day. I do not mean that I merely get to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. What I mean is that I get to see them, observe them, listen to them, and in general pay attention to what is going on in their lives moment to moment. As intervention specialists, our senses are very important when it comes to our students and, as I have written before, we are paid to pay attention. I see every opportunity as an opportunity for collecting data.
I love what I do. I love seeing ‘my’ kids, I love when they pass a spelling test on the first try, I love seeing them make a discovery on their own, I love when the light clicks on in their mind, and I love when a student with an ASD looks me in the eye first thing in the morning and says ‘hello!’ What’s more is that every single one of these events is a mine full of data and evidence that I can use to make important academic and/or behavioral decisions for the student.