Friday, November 6, 2015

A Weakness made Strength

We all have weaknesses. The best thing you can do with a weakness is recognize it and turn it into a strength. I'm joining SLP Runner to talk about a weakness that turned into a strength.
Many moons ago, I was in my 6th or 7th year as a Public School Speech Clinician (as we were called back then). I had never had a bad observation; I thought I was rather good at my job.
Then I switched school systems. My special ed director at the time was a former preschool teacher, so she was very well versed in early childhood development. She observed me with a Kindergarten language impaired student, and she Ripped. Me. Apart. After I received the write-up, I went to the Central Office to talk to her. This happened 25 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.
As soon as I walked in the door, she said, "I thought you'd be by to see me." We sat down and she basically told me that what I was doing the student was above her level; it was too high for her. I had to admit she was right. It was hard to accept, but it was just what I needed. 
That was the last poor observation I received. I've remembered that sinking feeling ever since and I've sworn to myself that it would never happen again. I learned so much from that observation, and it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Did I cry? You bet. Did I question my abilities? Absolutely. But, it didn't kill me and it definitely made me stronger as an SLP.
Do you want to find out how others turned their weakness into a strength? Click here to see who else linked up.

2 comments:

  1. Wow- that is a really hard situation to handle. Everyone has learning to do when they start with a new population. I feel that I learn with every student I have, actually, as they all have unique learning styles. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  2. And now look at all your experience. You are a gift to your colleagues and students!!

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