The Short Bus Analysis

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The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, written by Jonathan Mooney, has provided me with a unique insight into the various thoughts of people who society has deemed as “not normal.” The people that Mooney has included in his book do not really understand why they have been placed under this category. However, they are doing all that they can to not be belittled and to come out on top.
One story that I significantly enjoyed reading was about Kent, an individual that suffers/has/is labeled as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is more prevalent than ever in the schools and is a hot topic with educators and parents. I can even relate to it on a personal level because one of the boys I nanny for is now in the first grade, and
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Their little brother, on the other hand, is a type of child that many educators would consider “normal” because he loves to learn and will sit in a chair diligently while completing tasks. However, I am also thinking about the way in which I interact with the little boy and other children that are considered “normal.” I am and want to be even more aware of the way I interact with the boy with autism. If he suddenly has an outburst or yells rather than speaks, how can I explain proper behavior to him without using the word “normal?” I am even more interested now in looking up strategies for interacting with children that have autism. I am also even more interested in looking up more strategies in how to help students pay attention besides commanding them to show “good” behaviors by sitting down and not moving at…show more content…
Some of the personal stories that Mooney recounted made me very sad, and it was hard to believe that there were and continue to be some teachers that are just so ignorant, impatient, and unaware of what is going on with their student(s). Some great teaching strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to help students be more successful are developing a reward system for good behavior, organizing breaks between major tasks, and using auditory and visual signals. Reward systems is an excellent strategy to implement in the classroom to help students remain on task, participate in class, and behave appropriately. Breaks between major tasks help students to take mental breaks and refocus for the next big assignment. Auditory and visual signals are a great classroom strategy to help students recognize when it is time to move from one activity to the

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