I received my class list of twenty two,
I was shocked and wondered what I was going to do.
School is going to start on Monday,
and I thought to myself – no way!
So many students were marked “learning disabled”, “dyslexia”, “autism” and “A.D.H.D.”,
I thought to myself are they crazy?
As I sat there and pondered how I was going to cope,
I started to lose hope.
It was then time for our “Meet and Greet”,
I met most of the students and thought – this is certainly going to be some feat!
As I got ready to head home,
I started to feel isolated and alone.
I wondered how will I make this all work,
and my mind started going berzerk.
I thought through the night about strategies I might use,
and then I started to snooze.
I woke up today and felt a sense of peace,
I thought to myself, “What made my worries cease?”
“See them through My eyes,” I felt in my spirit.
I then started not to fear it.
LIFE LESSON: Students with special needs do require much more time and attention and it can be overwhelming for teachers and parents. These students, however, have been the ones that have taught me the most valuable life lessons. I was reminded as I wrote this poem not to judge them by the label given, but believe in the potential that lies within them. I need to see them with eyes of faith and trust that their is a divine purpose and plan for each one of them being placed in my classroom this year.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7