My principal challenged us to consider our students in twenty years. What values and life skills do we hope they will learn from our class. Beyond the day to day articulation drills, what impact do we aspire for in their lives.
After reflecting for some time, I had Spencer the penguin tell the world what I aim for in Speech Therapy. His statement is posted both inside and outside my room and what I tell students we “do” in speech.
“In speech we learn self-confidence and clear communication skills!”
A few decades from now, my wish is that one of my former students will tell me they learned these things from me–and that I made a positive difference in their lives.