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"3 Things I Learned Teaching Special Education": Cassidee

Hello friend! I’m so glad you are here and joining me for the FIRST EVER “Genuinely Good Blog” post. Whether you are cozy on the couch with a blanket, in between household chores and taking a quick break on your phone, or enjoying a meal while reading this… I’m so glad you’re here! So let’s jump right in!

This week I am so excited to introduce you to Cassidee! Along with being a wife and a mother, Cassidee has taught special education over the past 4 years. Getting to work with these sweet kids has brought lots of ups and downs and so I asked Cassidee, “What are 3 things you’ve learned from teaching special education?” Here’s what she had to say:

1. Everybody has a special spirit, talents and positive attributes

“As time went on, I started realizing ‘oh this kid does this, that’s so cute’ or ‘he can do that, that’s great’. I almost started feeling like their mom and realizing even more things about them. And once those kids started realizing that I care about them, those positive attributes started coming out way more.”

2. Everyone can learn

“I saw that even the most difficult students could learn something simple like sitting in their seat. It might take you all year to get them to sit in their seat! But once they can do the thing you have been teaching them, it’s the most rewarding thing. I had to tell myself that everything can be a learned behavior.”

3. We can do hard things

“Not only did I see that I could learn and grow as a teacher, but I also found that with the students. Sometimes I would ask one of the kids to do something that was so hard but once they realized that they could do it, it was a cool thing to watch them learn they could also do hard things.”

I LOVED being able to sit down with Cassidee and talk a little bit about some of the lessons she’s learned. As for me, this discussion made me want to work a little harder at focusing on the positive attributes of the people around me! I can’t wait to hear YOUR thoughts on these lessons from Cassidee. Leave a comment down below letting me know what you learned or what aspect of this you are going to use in your day to day life!

And to Cassidee: THANK YOU for being an amazing teacher and helping so many children and their families. Thank you for being Genuinely Good.

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