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About sorchaj99

I am a primary school teacher working with children who are learning English as a Second Language.

Empowering you to be your best

Hi everybody,

This is the first time I have posted to you guys. Maybe I wrote this article because I have a friend named Rawan, who is going to start posting to you. She wants to chat to you. Lucky you! I needed to let you know about this.

This site aims to help children who cannot read, have more tools available to them to help them to learn. It works with my students and is always close by, when I need to find a handy resource.

Now for a little psychology.

I hate being left out, seen as different or somehow, not one of the gang. We need each other. We can define each other by our success and our inclusion. Special needs children can be left out sometimes. They cannot really sense danger ahead, and that makes them very vulnerable and very dependent. That’s hard in an individualistic society. The gang, or the herd, don’t always respond to the weakest. The herd wants success. I used to be that way.

It was always about high grades, doing well at exams and being the best I could be. Now my grand-child who is “intellectually challenged” and the five-year-olds I teach, have changed me. They have pointed out to me, very politely, when I was praising only one child for being excellent at his reading, that each one of them was a winner at something. One was great at chatting, one was great at walking well, in the line up, and everyone was a winner at something.

Who is defining that “something” that is excellence? Failure is not always a bad thing. It can empower you to face your weaknesses and accept yourself just as you are, warts and all. Failure is not about trying harder – not always striving at being a better person. Success and failure are two sides of the one coin. Both are about being true to who you are, just as you are, and celebrating your life – even though there are dark episodes, tragedies, breakups and danger zones. You are still a precious person, but you need to think that way, about yourself, first. You do matter. What you say is important because once you leave this planet, your voice is stilled. Remember the guy who made light bulbs? Thomas Eddison. He did not think about success or failure. He just thought: “That didn’t work, mmm, I think I’ll try this.” If a toddler was to stop getting up again, after he or she falls, well, he or she won’t ever learn to walk. Failure is just a silly word and it need not be in our vocabulary! What do you think?

Sarah

A taster

Hi to everyone. Christmas is on the way. Today, along with our Junior and  Senior Infants we watched Santa come down a ladder to visit us. I hope you enjoy the new story written by Dale Treadwell highlighting Irish birds. Let me know how you’re students are getting on with the phonics videos. Today I used the ‘ay’ video with my first class students. It went down well. My sister loved the bird pictures. How about you?

Thank you

Today is Saturday morning and I’m filled with gratitude. Thanks to Joana, who has met me this week, to give me advice on how to connect with you guys. So here I am.

Thanks to SuperValu, Churchtown and Musgreaves who are sponsoring payment of the domain name for www.sorchaj.com

Thanks to Technology Ireland for nominating the website for an Award “Outstanding Academic Achievement.”

Thanks to Lorena for joining me at the Mansion House to help me celebrate Thanks to John’s Coaches for paying for the very expensive tickets.

Lastly, thanks to Brian from Cj Fallon publishers, for agreeing to meet with me this coming Friday. Hopefully he will decide to allow access to you guys to the stories that used to be here?

Would you like them back?

Write back please and let me know and thanks to you too, for reading this blog.