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Weekly writing challenge: the instant my life changed

15 Nov

This weeks writing challenge was easy for me: the moment my life changed was the moment that I knew that Special Education was the career path I needed to pursue.

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Prison is better than this!!!

29 Dec
Nev was meant to start at the school last week. Instead he was at ‘her majesty’s pleasure’. He still got a look around – cuffed to the accompanying prison guard. Seemed like the most normal thing in the world to him, as did the electronic tag he wore when he started, almost like a trophy.
It’s difficult to see things from another person’s point of view sometimes, especially when that someone is only 13 and already in prison. Continue reading

Don’t give up

27 Nov
The head teacher came into my tutor group the other day. ‘Can I have a word? I have a new student for you; you’re good with the naughty ones aren’t you? I’m giving you Ben. He starts next week, but I wouldn’t worry about him, I’ll have him out by Christmas’
And thus started my journey into Special needs. Ben had a marked and moving effect on me. He, single handed, is the reason why I am now a special needs teacher. When I tell his story, even to this day it upsets me. Continue reading

The man from the fayre – a snapshot into a life.

25 Nov
I received an unexpected phone call. A new student. No file, no background, nothing. Lived with Dad, who seemed willing to co-operate and do the best he could. Jamie seemed like a typical teenager but was into things he shouldn’t be. We had him for a few months, that was all.
It turned out Dad wasn’t Dad after all. Jamie’s parents actually lived in another county, still happily married. Jamie’s ‘Dad’ was the ex-affair his mother had. It is unbelievable to think that he actually tried so hard with Jamie, considering he had no maternal connections. Continue reading