I would like to thank Karin and Mary Anne for the bloggy awards that they have passed to me!
Humane and Happy...two great compliments!
The Happy 101 Award is meant to be passed to 10 bloggers who post at least once a week
(and make me happy?!...I added that part!)
Also, based on a comment from my previous post about ADHD, I realized that what I wrote may have not have been as clear as I had hoped. I tried to be lighthearted about my "soapbox moment" speaking about person first language and I guess I came off a lot more preachy than I intended. I would like to take a moment to try and clarify my intent.
If I teach a student that has ADD or ADHD, I think it is very important that I help the student learn strategies to manage their behavior which is why I am trying to research and learn more about the conditions and symptoms.
Recognizing that some students do have ADD/ADHD is very important as they have particular needs in a classroom setting that need to be addressed. Calling students ADD just because they are inattentive on a particular day and caused the teacher frustration, to me, is not okay.
If a student has a disability, I prefer to use person first language when I refer to the student because that type of langauge is indicative of my belief that students with disabilities should not just be known by their labels. I agree that this type of language can get a bit picky, however I agree with the intent of not only seeing students with disabilities in terms of what is "wrong" with them. They deserve more than that.
There are some teachers who use langauge when speaking about students that makes me uncomfortable. I feel very strongly about advocating for students with special needs and it makes me sad when they are not seen as individuals as much as they are simply identified by their disability category or label or referred to in negative ways due to a disability. Perhaps this is not intentional, but I like to share information about person first language to increase awareness. If this came off as know-it-all/preachy/confrontational, that was not my intent. I am simply a teacher who likes sharing information and discussing my particular interests regarding the teaching profession.
I always appreciate feedback that makes me consider other perspectives and stretch my own thinking. Please also keep in mind that I am simply expressing my own thoughts and ideas and you do not have to agree with what I say. If you disagree, please do so in a respectful manner.