Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Outside the Box



In the past several years I’ve become aware of Asberger’s Syndrome (an Austism Spectrum disorder), Tourettes, and OCD, so can understand and empathize with some of my students’ odd behavior. Usually they don’t seem to know the rules of society, and can say things that seem rude or callous. They may not understand an assignment the first time I explain it. They may ask strange questions that seem off subject. They may talk loudly and inappropriately.
I actually have two colleagues who may have something like Asberger’s. Knowing they may not be able to help their behavior makes it better. I don’t get offended by insensitive comments.
I actually sort of enjoy talking to people who see life a bit differently, don’t you?

3 comments:

Emily said...

Different is good. My grandma used to say if we were all the same that life would be so boring! Agreed gram.
Take care kloe!

kloeamongtheturks said...

Yes, but I think different is threatening to inexperienced teachers. Different students cause us to sweat. Now I can handle and enjoy just about anyone.
And Gram's RULE!
kisses.
ps am giving a talk on Turkish culture at the Athenaeum next week, wish you could also contribute...

kloeamongtheturks said...

Grams Rule? Grams are rulers? am drinking wine...