I spent the past three days at the Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. I attended a few inspiring workshops and a few not so inspiring ones. One of the speakers that I really enjoyed was Clarissa Willis, PhD. She is a very energetic speaker with a wonderful outlook on working with the special needs child. My favorite quote from her was "kindergarten teachers would rather you send them a child who can monitor their behavior than a child who can read." I can totally relate to this having spent 9 years as a multi-age K-3 teacher. Clarissa also talked about the idea that unwanted behavior from a child falls into two categories, avoid/escape behavior and gain access behavior. I like the idea of keeping it simple so you can understand what the child's goal is with the behavior.
Right now there is a firework show going on at the resort that I can see from my couch. It is making our small A-Frame shake with each boom! I never tire of fireworks, but as soon as they are over I am off to bed. This is my second 6 day work week. I need to be well rested tomorrow so that I can make up for lost time with the little guy.