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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This is what happens when a teacher is great.  A whole world opens up.  This is what Therese, Nat’s teacher and camp-aide-to-be, sent me:

Today I went to Nat’s House in the morning and I had one of the best conversations with Nat. It started with the probing questions from me about what we will be doing this weekend and next week and the quick affirmative responses from him; but after two or three turns he started giving me more details. He started giving me the details of what he would be doing or going during the day. Like when I asked him about Sunday, he said “you go to airport, you go to Colorado, you go to camp.”  The school staff at the house started to engage in the conversation and he switched his eye contact back and forth between all of us. And when someone asked him what he will do during the day at camp and he said “you wake up” then paused then said “go tubing.” Not all of his responses were complete sentences but still he gave us DETAIL! The conversation between the four of us lasted close to a minute and Nat was completely engaged! That just made me that much more excited about this trip!

Me, too. Here is a Tabblo of pics from Nat’s very first time in Extreme Sports Camp, in 2007:

Tabblo: Leavin' On a Jet Plane

Day Eight:  Back to Boston.  We left Aspen and headed to Snowmass to pick up Nat from his camp.  Each of the campers swung into view via a ropes course!  When Nat finally disembarked, he got a lot of cheers and hugs.  Fifteen hours later, we were home!
See my Tabblo>

1 comment

wow….I want a teacher like that for D!!!!How awesome. All it takes is a connection with these kids and approaching them the right way…simple right???
The end result can be amazing 🙂

— added by eileen from Florida on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 7:51 am