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cindy jordan

Thanks for sharing this..I remember when my son,Mitch, was diagnosed with ADD some 24 years ago after a teacher who was less than tolerant of anything that was less than normal. After punishing him and others for not finishing their homework, I confronted her. This was so out of my comfort zone, but her words and actions had inflicted much damage. My sister-in-law, Jeanette, made arrangments for him to be tested by a pediatric neurologist and a diagnosis was made. I am proud to say that he is now a teacher with his masters in education working toward getting his principle certification. He knows the value of postive re-enforcemet and uses it now. But I often wonder about the little ones that were lined up in the hallway with him waiting to be paddled for not having their work finished, who was their advocate? How are they doing now?

Megan

I've never seen an ugly baby. Fat is what makes babies adorable. So sorry she said that to you.

I had a child in my home that I was teaching to read. She was perfectly capable, bright and lovely. One day I said something to the effect that she was smart and getting smarter every day. She replied something like "I don't have to be smart because my mom says I'm pretty" and flung her hair over her shoulder. Dazed for a moment (and inwardly ticked) I told her that looks weren't going to help her in school.

I don't know how much of that perception was her own and how much was induced by environment, and I wonder what my children say/do when they're not around me.

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