Hooker Oak this week was a lot of fun. On Monday it was Halloween. It was great to see everyone in costumes, even the teachers. Josh dressed up as a warrior from Halo. He was excited when Monica and I arrived. He even gave both Monica and I each one of his pumpkins. When I did arrive, it was recess time, but nobody was outside. I went to sign in, in the special day class, and found Josh inside the classroom. All the upper division classes went on a field trip, but he didn’t get to go because his mainstream teacher forgot to give him a permission slip. I think that is really bad on the teacher’s part. As teachers, forgetting a student, especially one who doesn’t feel included already can really affect them. Josh was very upset. Anyway, During recess, in the classroom, he had to work, which I felt was odd, and completely unfair, as it was their recess time, and everyone else was out having fun on a field trip. What made it even worse for him was that Monica’s students and others from his special day class got to go on the field trip because their teachers didn’t forget about them. This is Josh’s third field trip where he hasn’t been able to go on with the rest of his class. As you can probably guess, I was very frustrated, and I felt really bad for him. Anyway, we worked on and finished 6 pages worth of worksheets, and then finally, heard the mainstream class got back from their field trip so we headed over to the mainstream class. There, Josh just colored Halloween pictures. The teacher passed out cupcakes, I got one, and Josh got two of them.
On Wednesday, when I arrived at Recess, Josh was playing with a group of kids. I was so proud of him. I sat on the swings and watched. When the bell rang for everyone to go to class, Josh ran over to the mainstream class to go grab his backpack. As we were walking, he noticed the teacher carrying a load of boxes, so he ran over and held the door open for her. When we got to the mainstream classroom, the class was just working on finishing up their math, or reading. Josh grabbed some leftover Halloween pictures from the recyclables, so he was going to color. Josh, he is a gentleman. He grabbed me a chair, and pulled it out for me, then waited till I sat down and pushed the chair in. When I was seated, he asked me if I would like to color with him. I said yes! He got really excited, he got me and himself each a box of crayons, and paper. He made sure I got everything I needed and wanted. When we began coloring, the teacher walked over, and told Josh about a field trip they are going on next week. It is an overnight field trip on a boat, and she told him he must have a chaperone in order to go. He asked me if I would go with him as his chaperone. He says his parents won’t be able to go. I told him I am not sure if I would be able to go, but I will ask. When we left for the bus, Tyson, a guy who helps in the special day classroom, went to make a copy of his permission slip for the field trip, and told Josh that if he cant find anyone to be his chaperone, he will probably go with him. Josh, he says “I want Melissa to go and be my chaperone.” I was almost in tears, I was so happy.