Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

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.