Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thirteen Months--Teacher Story

One January, we returned to school after the Christmas Break. I had not written the date on the board yet. Emily looked up at me and said, “What is the date?” Before I could answer, she said, “Oh I know, it is 13/04/07(13, 04, 07).” She said it just like that. The other students looked at her, but said nothing. I said, “Emily, how many months are in a year?” She said, “twelve.” I then said, “so why did you say 13/04/07?” She looked at me like I was the person who had no idea what I was talking about. I asked her what month it was and she told me "January.". I said "It is the first month of the year. I asked you how many months and you told me twelve. What is the twelth month." She thought about it for a moment and answered, "December." I said, "Well then we start over and what is the first month of this new year?" "January," was her response and then she said..."Oh it is the first month so it is 01/04/07." I nodded my head and said "YES!"


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  2. Aaw, aren't kids great? :) This is why I like teaching; moments like this one.