Autism in My Eyes
I am an educator by choice. I write curriculum with goals for learning, plans and activities to achieve those goals. Everything must work together. The lessons need to be both engaging and meaningful. Yet, as I reflect back over 20 years of teaching and learning, I am convinced that the magic is in relationship.
Students who once sat wide-eyed in my freshman-level English course absolutely certain they could not “get” Shakespeare are now nurses and business titans whom I follow on Facebook. I can close my eyes and envision each chat in my office that began as a grade appeal and ended in tearful clarity. Hallway conversations about being late to class because a boyfriend “punched me up” again … see my arm? Not one student would care how much I knew unless they knew how much I cared.
One on one. Individual curriculum with goals for improving someone’s quality of life. That requires much more than planning. It requires relationship.