Day 11: Lindsay Freedman, ASD Teacher (Red Willow Public School)

WHAT I LEARNED TODAY!


Hi there! My name is Lindsay Freedman. I am teaching a contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) class at Red Willow P.S. This is my sixth year teaching, my fifth year at Red Willow and my third year teaching a contained class.

Being in special education is not for everyone. When people ask me what I teach and I tell them about my classroom I tend to get the same comments: “You must be really patient”, “I don’t know how you do it” or my favourite, “It takes a certain type of person to do that”. I usually just respond with “It’s not for everyone, but I love it”. The thing about special education is that every day, in fact every moment can be entirely different. You need to be adaptable to your students, your team and be able to go with the flow. But most importantly, you need to listen to your students.

Something I’ve learned that is important when working in a contained class is having the ability to laugh. I laugh all the time. I laugh with the kids; I laugh at myself; I laugh at the craziness that may be going on around me. Laughter gets me through the day and pulls my team and I together. Laughter also puts a smile on everyone’s face and who doesn’t like to smile? School should be a positive experience and laughter helps us get there.

Working in special education is extremely gratifying. I’m looking forward to this school year!

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