Back to School Countdown! 7….Ian

I have operated on an academic calendar for most of my life – as a student, a mother, professor and clinician. So, back to school time is my New Year’s. Time for new goals, fresh starts, school supplies and sharpened pencils! In Virginia, school starts the day after Labor Day (I know in some of you have been back in school already so we are catching up to you!). For many of my clients, they are returning to school now fluently able to express themselves through RPM. This is a game changer! So, I wrote a lesson on education as a forum for my kids to express their hopes and expectations about the coming school year. The responses  have been spectacular! In fact, they have been so fantastic that I could not choose just one to share. So, for the next week I am going to feature daily  blogs in a back to school countdown! Happy New Year!

Day 7, stars Ian, my kiddo in Seattle. I support Ian’s ongoing RPM work at home via “virtual RPM lessons”. Ian completed this lesson with his RPM provider in Seattle, Andi Galliher.

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This summer, Ian said he didn’t like the way he looked in pictures…

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…so, he and Andi have been doing “selfie therapy”! This smile says it might be working!

Back to School

Today we are going to talk about education!

Spell Education.   EDUCATION

What do you think of when you hear the word education?   I THINK OF LEARNING AND LOTS OF CHILDREN IN SCHOOL FINDING OUT WHAT THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

Tell me one thing you expect to see at schools.  I EXPECT TO SEE RESPECT FOR ALL LEARNERS

Give me a word that goes with High School.  FOR ME BULLYING.  BUT I WISH IT HAD MORE TO DO WITH PREPARING FOR COLLEGE OR WORK IN THE FUTURE.

Let’s discuss some famous quotes about education. Listen to the quote and tell me what you think it means.  (*Note: I do not usually have clients respond to all of these quotes in a session. I usually choose 4 or 5 but like to have the options to choose from depending on my learner. Ian is an overachiever – so he did them all!)

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”
~Conrad Hall (American cinematographer)
WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING AND AREN’T PERFECT

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela
KIDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD WITH A GOOD EDUCATION

“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” ~John Dewey
EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO ME.  FIND A RIGHT WAY TO WORK WITH ME AT SCHOOL PLEASE.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~Aristotle   BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS EVEN IF YOU ARENT SURE ABOUT THEM

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” ~ George Washington Carver EDUCATION OPENS UP MANY OPPORTUNITIES

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ~Mark Twain
EVEN IF YOUR SCHOOL IS NOT WORKING THE BEST FOR YOU YOU CAN STILL ABSORB A LOT BY LISTENING AND OBSERVING

“The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.” ~ Booker T. Washington
I NEED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN ME

Creative Writing: Write a letter to your teachers. Tell them about yourself. How do you learn best? What do you expect out of school this year?  What can they expect of you?

DEAR TEACHERS,
THANKS FOR BEING HERE.  I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM AN AUDITORY LEARNER AND I HAVE DIFFICULTIES WITH MY MOTOR CONTROL AND ANXIETY.  MY AUTISM DOES NOT DEFINE ME.  I DON’T WANT THIS ALONG WITH MY LACK OF MEANINGFUL VERBAL COMMUNICATION TO HOLD ME BACK.  I EXPECT TO BE IN REGULAR CLASSES AND BE CHALLENGED WITH NEW CURRICULUM.  PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME.
SINCERELY,
IAN

Wow, right!?  Thank you Ian and Andi! Feel free to use this lesson with your child. I would love to hear what your student has to say, I welcome your responses in the comments section.  See you tomorrow!  ~Elizabeth

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