When I teach students, I like to use the analogy of building a house when viewing the choices they make. When students first begin with some kind of intervention lessons, I ask them what the first thing is that has to be done when we build a house. The answer? We make the foundation.
What would happen if this foundation is not so strong? Well…the house might fall down or begin to crumble. It might even become a bit wobbly. Students often need to attend special ed classes because their foundations in a particular skill are not strong. We discuss the reasons for this, and usually agree that while every child is unique, they are all being taught the same way in the classroom. Maybe, just maybe, the way they are being taught is not their way. Maybe it was not the right way for their brain. So…the foundations are looking a bit shabby and our first goal is to strengthen these foundations.
Continuing on the house analogy, we talk about the “bricks” that each child has been given. It does not really matter in the end which type of bricks you have…it matters what you choose to do with them. Some kids have been fortunate enough to be given the best quality bricks, but they build “houses” that are not worth being proud of in the end. In the same way, I have seen some fancy, expensive houses which I think are ugly, ostentatious, cold and uncared for. I have also seen kids take the “bricks” they have been dealt and build incredible “houses” with them. Yes…I know – some bricks are top quality and imported and some bricks have chips in them. Some even broke along the way and need to be adapted so they can still be used. In the end, it’s what you choose to do with them that counts.
So, as your teacher I can:
Help you strengthen your foundations – by starting at the right point.
Provide you with the cement – to make sure all the parts can stand together.
Show you how to use some tools – so you can keep them in your kit for when you need them.
Give you keys to open some doors – you can choose to step inside.
Do my best to provide you with some windows that have amazing views of the world behind them – go out and explore them. You might have to take some risks at first, but you can always come back to this great house you are building.
So ultimately, no matter what bricks you have been dealt, it’s up to you which house you choose to build.
Should we get started?