I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! This Thanksgiving I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to teach this class to you all. It has been an incredible first couple of months. I could not have asked for better LINKS for our first semester. I'm trying not to be like Ryan and start counting the days, but I honestly am getting sad thinking about the short time that we have left! I will try to enjoy every last day with you all!
A little reminder that there are no journals or weekly attendance sheets due for this short week! Your only assignment is to work on missing assignments and to reply here and tell me what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving break. (Don't feel as though you have to talk about LINKS! It can be something else in your life too!)
Finally (I've lost my long-winded ways this week!), make sure you read about our "Star LINK of the Month", Brianna! She's fabulous!
Hey! My name is Brianna. I am an eighth grader at Jenison Jr. High. I love working with others and helping out. I really want to to make a difference in someones life. This class was obviously the perfect opportunity. :)
Here’s a few things about me:
* I’m a triplet.
* I am in Yearbook Club and Photography Club.
* I love the Beach.
One of my hardest moments as a Link was probably the last week or two. My peer was struggling with staying in class and in his seat. It was a real struggle to get him to stay in his seat, and we got very little done. He was falling behind in class too.
I actually have two favorite moments. The first one was in the beginning of class. The class was sharing good things. The teacher was asking students in the class if anyone had any good things. I asked my peer if he had a good thing and he said yes. We found it on his iPad and he raised his hand. He pushed the button to make his good thing readout. Wow! You should have seen the big smile that was on this face. He was so happy to be able to share his good thing. :)
My second favorite moment was at the end of class. As we were packing up our things, my peer looked at me, and smiling said “Bye.” It just made my day.
I really love being a link. I think it really helps kids understand that they are not “different” or “weird”, but a normal person and shows other students how to interact with an autistic kid as well. This is honestly one of my favorite classes. :)