The first thing I did was came in with assumptions. We all presume to know things about the world around us, but sometimes it’s important to ASSUME NOTHING. And, let me tell you, that is a very hard thing to do.
sandbox, but he kept rubbing up against the poster. Eventually he rubbed it so much that it ripped off the wall. I was horribly disappointed. I had spent a lot of time creating that poster (remember this is before we had color printers). I assumed that this child had control of his body. What I learned was that special awareness is a learned trait and that young children have not learned it yet. I ASSUMED that he was aware of his actions and he wasn’t.
work. I told her eventually to color the picture but until I pointed out what the other children were doing, she had not thought to look around and see what the others were doing. I ASSUMED that she knew how to look around
for help. Some children need guidance to learn this skill. When she finished coloring she sat there again. I ASSUMED she would come and ask for help, but again, many children need help learning how to ask. And finally, when I asked her how to cut out the picture she stared at me blankly. I took her over to the supplies and pulled out the scissors and gave them to her. She stared at me again and it finally clicked for me. She had never used scissors before. So I showed her how to put her fingers through the holes and make a cutting motion. I ASSUMED that all school aged children knew how to use crayons and scissors. Silly me.
But nobody ever did. All I can gather from this is that it was a girl in a skirt. I also ASSUMED that all children came to school fully toilet trained, but I learned that accidents can happen. I’ll never forget the day during Centers Time, a little girl followed me around the classroom to ask me if she could use the washroom. The thing is that it took a while for me to notice her. In the meantime, she had left a trail of pee all through the classroom while she followed me. So after a quick phone call for help to the custodian, there I was standing in the middle of the room blocking children from stepping on the wet trail.
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