Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
When you are having an off day you can tell your roommate, husband, wife, boss, friend, 'I'm not having a good day.' and they totally understand.
When a child with autism is having an off day they cannot always communicate verbally that they are having a bad day. It comes out in other forms; refusal to do work, not looking at you, and sometimes the child can hit or bite. They just have to be taught a socially acceptable way to communicate their feelings.
As the child gets upset sometimes they loose control of their actions and need help regaining control. Most often someone needs to help them do this. The best way to calm them down is to put pressure on their body; like a big, long hug.
To someone that does not know what is happening it may look like I am hurting or holding down the child but it is, in fact, helping them.
Today was one of those off days for one of my students and it definitely looked like I was very mean in the eyes of other teachers. After about an hour of 'hugging', the student calmed down and was able to continue with the day, as normal.
In the end it was a great learning experience for my teacher assistants, teachers at the school and for my student.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Lesson of the day: pat down your bed very good before putting the net over it
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Her class was the last class that was on the National calendar of having a school year from January to December. The rest of the school is on the North American calendar and go from August to June.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
There was a tribe in northeast India called headhunters because the custom was to collect as many heads as possible.
A group of workers went into the tribe to share the love and peace of Jesus Christ. One family came to know and love Jesus. This family started to share God’s love with others in the tribe but the chief did not like that.
The chief lined up the family and asked the father ‘Will you deny your faith?’ The father remembered a song he wrote and sang the first verse:
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus (3 times)
No turning back, No turning back
The chief killed both of his kids and again asked, ‘Will you deny your faith?’ The father began to sing the second verse:
Though none go with me, Still I will follow (3 times)
No turning back, No turning back
The chief killed his wife and asked, ‘Will you deny your faith?’ The father sang the last verse:
The world behind me, The cross before me (3 times)
No turning back, No turning back
The chief then killed the father.
A miracle happened that day. The chief could not understand this supernatural power behind the family that they would die for. He started to want what they had; he began to declare that he believed in Jesus. That day many of the people in the tribe came to know Christ as their Savior.
That is the power of Jesus Christ!
300 people are killed every day for their faith in Jesus Christ.
People are willing to die for faith…Can you imagine the faith they have?!?
Pray for these people: let them know they are not alone in this, that they will be bold and courageous, that they know they are making a difference
Thursday, November 10, 2011
They call us 'the Muzungu (white person) who rides motos with that guinea pig'. It is pretty catchy; don't you think? :)
She may be little but she is so much fun!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
1) Lauren and Bruce got Married
2) Mallory's Birthday
3) Emily's Fashion Show
4) My Mom and Tracy Moved (to the country)
5) A Real, Live, True Mom Hug
A grand total of 80 hours travel time but it was totally worth it!!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
If you say 'Hano' (here) it means in this general area but... if you say 'Hano, Hano' that means right here.
If you say 'Ngwino' (come) it means come when you can but... if you say 'Ngwino, Ngwino' that means come right now.
This can get a little confusing when I want the moto taxi to stop but I'm getting the hang of it.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Every high school student at Green Hills is required to do a certain amount of volunteer hours. A few of the students wanted to help my students and I out. They come a couple times a week to my office and make different teaching aids for my students.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The students at Green Hills is taking their first standardized test. With this test we will be creating norms for the school to see where the students are. We will also be able to find the lowest functioning students so we can meet their needs more efficiently.
Friday, September 23, 2011
My students love her! One student walked in saying, 'I'm so excited!'
Bella will help my students learn responsibility, small motor skills, awareness of surroundings, respect, taking care of a living thing, noise level, patients, cleaning skills, being gentile, how to play, working through emotions (fear, discomfort, excitement); Bella has a big job.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I walked in to my classroom today and I could not believe it...
Saturday, September 3, 2011
This might look like a Coca-Cola stan but it is a restaurant that is called Mr. Chips.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I opened up the workshop by doing a simulation on what it feels like to have autism. All the teachers had to do was write one sentence...while wearing blue tinted goggles, using their non-dominant hand, with a red pen, on a line that was rounded and slanted up, with music in the background, with someone running all around the room, with someone talking in their ear about nonsense and pointing at their paper...but all they had to do was listen to what I was saying and write it down.
The teachers could no believe that is what these students were going through all the time.
Autism: a life long developmental disability which alters the development of language, sensory and social.
The teachers quickly understood that these students were not asking the way they were because they were being disobedient or lazy but because they have a disability.
Yeah these students might have special needs but, they are people...kids...created by God, in His perfect way....they were made special...just like you....and me.
If you want to see the world through they eyes of a child with autism click here
(scroll down to the video).
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Our teaching calendar said we had school tomorrow.
That is until the government came on the radio and declared it a national holiday due to the fact that it is a muslim holiday.
So we went to all the classroom and told the students not to come to school tomorrow. As you can imagine the kids were very distraught but I think they will be ok :)
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
She was violating code number 6 which (no so) clearly states "hold on to the bar behind you (not the driver)". Yep that is right...she was holding on to the driver!!
I might not know all the unwritten codes of Rwanda yet but I am learning. I am very glad I know the moto code!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
All of the buildings with blue roofs are part Green Hills:
The far right, three story building is the main office and some secondary classrooms.
Moving left, the building that looks like stairs, is the 5-6 grade classes, art and computer lab
In front, the canopy is where the kids line up to go home
Then there is a play ground
The long strip of classrooms are the 1-2 grade classes
Then some grass and sand
Just past the trees are the 3-4 grade classes and my office
What you cannot see in the pictures is my classroom (which is to the left), a playground, dinning hall (behind secondary building, down the hill) the nursery, gym and football (soccer) field.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
The amazing part is, God knew I had to learn some things before He can use me to help others. He has given me the opportunity to work at Green Hills Academy. This school has created a new program called Special Needs and they have asked me to be the Special Needs Coordinator. What a perfect opportunity to learn and grow!
As much as I want to be in the village helping the children there, I have to remember that to better help the village, I need to learn some things first. God has put me here and I trust He knows what he is doing.
Tuesday is the first day the students come! I have many students on my case load and more to come. It will be a crazy day but I am excited to dive into things. Here is my classroom:It is a cirlce room with a little extention in the back and the decorations are in proccess :)