Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a program that is similar to mine. We both have self-contained elementary classrooms, we have similar training, and we each have 4 teaching assistants. The difference? The other teacher is needed to answer EVERY question and to make EVERY decision…

For many years, along with my class, I adopted a local family at Christmas time who was struggling to make ends meet. We would have a fundraising day which was built around displaying project work we had completed, and would serve breakfast and lunch while entertaining parents, friends, and school and community members in exchange for money to spend on clothing, gifts, and even paying an electric bill for the family we had adopted…