A Letter To The Best Teacher I Ever Had.

* I thought the title may capture attention 🙂

As part of bringing in some vaguely creative pieces to this blog, I had the idea for this post; I had been teased about having a Blog by a teacher, but they were good in that they did not see my learning needs as a hinderance, and they never made me feel ashamed. And in keeping with my other letters that I’ve posted, the name has been changed.

Dear XYZ,

You know, teasing me about having a blog was not really a smart idea! As a sort of ‘rebut’, I thought it would be fun to write something. There-you’ve made an appearance now, ha ha! But on a serious note: yes, it probably is a bit odd for me to write this. But my blog, my rules.

My ‘educational life’ has, at times, been very difficult; I always knew that I was ‘different’ in not fitting in with my peers, daring not to conform, having these odd ideas, being the square peg in a round hole. (What a cliche!) ‘Aspergers Syndrome’ was sort of kicked round as an idea in my early teens; to be diagnosed was an accident, really. But yet it is so misunderstood still. And not everyone has helped me.

A teacher (in front of me) described people with ASD as being a “bit cold and a bit weird”, I was told that a room I found too overwhelming with no one in it was “not noisy”. I was also described as a “quirk”. They are all hallmarks. It was upsetting at times, and also not kind.

But I loved your lessons; no one can tease me for being ‘teachers pet’ now! You see, you treated me like a human being-I was allowed to have an opinion, add to my knowledge, debate politically, argue about communism, joke even. I could talk openly and in my own right, even about my learning disability. I could also study a subject that I adored. (Special interest-it’s a hallmark-but if you don’t know what I’m writing about, I think you need to look it up. It’s not explained very well on a blog.) That’ll be the one lesson I will miss.

When you said “As far as I was concerned, you were just like the others”, I will admit that I was in tears after.To be afforded the privilege of being neurotypical, if only for five hours a day, was something incredibly unique; not many people see past ASD, or even try to.  Thank you so so much for teaching me-it has been one of the best things I ever took at any educational level. Just to be treated like anyone neurotypical was a point I thought that I would never get to.

All the best,

Lydia

 

 

3 thoughts on “A Letter To The Best Teacher I Ever Had.

  1. Susan Short says:

    I hope the teacher concerned reads this, they must realise who they are. We would have the best education in the world if all teachers were like this.

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  2. William Kuhn says:

    HI Lydia, as a former teacher myself, I found this post very touching. The headline certainly got my attention. I think if you printed it out and sent it to the head teacher at your school, it would probably be pinned up in the school staff room and lots of people would see it (maybe even the person about whom it was written). Just an idea. Thank you for posting. Bill

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