#SoCS October 9, 2021 – Lid

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week:

YouYour Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lid.” Use it in the literal sense, use it in the metaphorical sense, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Shhhhh! Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a lid on it? Lips shut? Schtum?

Well, my little secret is that I am writing this whilst a little tiddly, to say the least! I haven’t had a drink for quite a while, and tonight, I have consumed a whole bottle of Gin Fizz… Oops! A WHOLE BOTTLE!

Now, it’s not often that I indulge.

To be honest, we teachers may say we are going to drown our troubles on a Friday night, but I know that I, for one, am so shattered, that a drink would just send me to sleep, early, and I can do that without the liquid assistance!

However, tonight, I felt the need to. It’s been five weeks since we went back to school. I have a wonderful, but very challenging, class. Three children who require one to one support, but who don’t have it, yet, because of resource. Another who has medical needs on top of other needs, too. All of them are loveable children, who need specialist provision, but the world around us thinks they need to be part of an inclusive education.

I’m all for inclusion, but sometimes, it isn’t the right thing for those kids.

I find my inputs interrupted, every time, as one of my lovelies walks through the rest of the class, like a bulldozer – no spatial awareness – to come and sit on my lap, or to take my hand and lead me to whatever they want, at the time. Or, in groupwork, my group is left unattended, for a few moments, as I deal with a meltdown, or an issue with one of the children who have these needs.

You see, these kids find it hard to conform to what the rest of the class are doing. They dance to the beat of their own drums, right now. They are still exploring the environment, and can’t follow instructions. Yet, in their own way, they show their own brilliance.

It’s not easy, but the rest of the class have been angels.

They are aware, already, at the age of four, or five, that there are children who have very specific needs, and there is barely any fussing. They just let those children get on with whatever they do, whilst waiting for Mrs B to get back to them.

These kids are superstars, seriously.

All of them.

With needs or not.

All children are blessings.

Did you know that the Cockney rhyming slang for kids is saucepan lids? See, my ramble did have something to do with the prompt, I promise!

And now, I shall sign off, as the words are starting to swim in front of my eyes!

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 16:40:36

    I used to think that inclusion would be easier. But of course you would have to plan and pay for psychological preparation and support. Money our communities not always wants to spend. You are doing a great job, Sis! Thank you!!!!! xx Michael

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  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 16:35:31


  3. Jennie
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 13:37:04

    I love this! So true.

    Liked by 2 people


  4. petespringerauthor
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 05:39:42

    As you so aptly described, one size does not fit all when it comes to education. I’m sure you deserved every ounce of that Gin Fizz.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. revivedwriter
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 01:54:22

    Aww, I enjoyed reading about your students. ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  6. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Oct 10, 2021 @ 00:41:31

    Very nicely done. After teaching all those years, I have to agree, inclusion is not appropriate for all kids.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Dan Antion
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 22:57:52

    Good job on the prompt and in the classroom, Ritu. I love the rhyming slang.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. John W. Howell
    Oct 09, 2021 @ 22:19:58

    Well done, Ritu

    Liked by 1 person


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