Monday, August 30, 2010

Hector

I think my autistic student's assistant quit.  He didn't show up today and didn't call.  It was a little bit more work not having someone look after him, but he really is a joy in class.  This is what it's like as I take attendance every morning:
Juan: Here
Alex: Here
Hector: HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Hector gets so excited to hear his name, he stands up and screams at the top of his lungs.  It's pretty funny and I have to bite the inside of my cheek not to laugh.  I feel like I'm trying not to laugh at the things he does all day.  Like this afternoon, for example, I gave a Pepsi as a birthday present to a kid in my class.  Whenever it's someone's birthday I buy them a Pepsi and let them drink it in class.  Well when the birthday boy got his Pepsi, Hector was right next to his desk with his cup, waiting for the birthday boy to pour him some.  It was so funny!! The nice thing about this group of kids, is that Hector is not a distraction for them.  As he imitates sounds he's heard all day, students pay attention and can work fine.  I really am amazed at how accepting and loving they are towards him.  They truly love him, and it is a privilege for them to help him when they've finished their classwork.

1 comment:

Molly said...

I totally understand! We have one of those joys the 5th grade too. Certainly makes each day unique and exciting!