Friday, June 22, 2007

Show A Tell Friday, My classroom Graduation

I teach special education. I opened a classroom for students with moderate needs in a middle school five years ago. I have had a large number of students for the last three years. We, myself and my two paras, are with them five out of six class hours per day so you become very attached. We are one big "happy" family. LOL. Seriously, I love them dearly. When you work with students with high needs for 3 years, you get to know not only them really well, but their families also. Five students exiting all at once is a large number for this type of classroom. Needless to say it was an emotional farewell. I always have a graduation party for the students. We have an open house, with cake, past teachers, awards, and parents. It's a nice closure for the students and the staff. Not to mention it is a form of "right of passage" for the students who are staying. We really play that up too. We remind them that they are growing up and will be leaders next year.

Here are some photos of the the party. We bought them autograph dogs this year for their gift and they loved them! It's something we will do every year from now on. Everyone that came to the party signed the dogs for them, classmates, teachers, parents, principals and school staff. I stitched their initials and the initials of the school on the ears. I think it was a nice touch. Please check out show and tell Friday at Kelli's blog. Link on the sidebar. It's great fun.







I'd love to share pics. of all the kiddos, but I don't think some parents would like it. So that's all folks. Hope you enjoyed. Trudi M.

41 comments:

Kim said...

What a beautiful heart you have. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Carmen said...

Everything looks lovely! Bless your heart!

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh how wonderful of you to do such a special time and thing for them. Love the dogs--what a cute idea and your taking the time to put their initials on each one makes it even more special. I can feel your love for these kids and I know they do!!!!
Susan

LBP said...

I am sure your students were so excited! Everything looks wonderful. I love the autograph dogs I didn't know they still made them.

ellen b said...

The little autograph dogs are great and the initialed ears make them so unique. I'm glad you shared this special graduation day...

Lana G! said...

Beautiful just beautiful. What a great idea. Blessings on you.

Michelle said...

I love the little dogs they are too cute. What a wonderful thing that you do!
Thanks for sharing!
Michelle
www.raisinglittlewomen.wordpress.com

Trella said...

What a wonderful job you have. I can tell you have a special hear. The love the puppies, what a great idea. I am sure you make a great impact in their lives, and they can feel your love for them.
Blessings,
Trella

PEA said...

We need more teachers like you around! I think it's absolutely wonderful how you go above and beyond to make sure these kids get a wonderful farewell. I can just imagine how proud they all felt:-) Those autograph dogs are just so precious! xox

Kelli said...

You are a wonderful teacher, what a blessing you are to the children and their families! Your special time together looks like so much fun!
Kelli

Tootie said...

Ah what a great idea! Love the autograph dogs and nice touch with the initial on the ears!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

How precious! You are definitely a caring lady. I can tell by the smile on that one face in the last photo how much you are loved! My daughter's best friend's big brother is a special needs student who just started high school last fall. I can tell the love and care he had at middle school helped prepare him for the great time he's having in high school.

the feathered nest said...

Those autograph dogs were such a cute idea! It's lovely that you care about these kids so much and put so much effort into their graduation. I'm sure they felt really special!

Manuela

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

what an excellent idea. They look fabulous. My eldest son has severe Cerebral Palsy and so I understand when you say how close you can get to the students and families linked to the special ed schools. Lovely to 'meet' you. :0)

Myrna said...

the dogs aare a GREAT idea! You certainly helped those students make a special memory. I suspect it was one of many they will cherish from their years with you.

I imagine I would have appreciated having you on the staff of the school where I was principal. The time for the end of school was just a tad difficult for me this year. I did miss activities like this one!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

I'm sure your students loved the special celebration!
And how cute is that autograph dog!!!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I used to do some substituting in a special ed class...they got the better of me when the teacher wasn't around! I love the little dogs for autographs :)

Barbara H. said...

Those little dogs are such special gifts!

Jill said...

Love those dogs! They will be cherished forever.
Pushing your little birds out of the nest and on to their next adventure... bittersweet, I know. You have prepared them well... they will most certainly fly high!

one blue egg said...

no need to worry darlin it made it and you are most welcome...I just really would have hated it to end up lost or in the wrong hands you know:) You are truly a beautiful soul...look what you do for this kiddos! as a mom to a disabled son, I know that this is pure love and heart at work here! I'm busy these days, closed up my place till I unwind and rewind...take care!

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