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It's been one year...

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:14 am

..and a few days, since I retired. Some reflection: every day seems like a Saturday. I seldom wear a shirt with a collar, a belt or my watch and I've fired my barber. Letting my freak flag fly.

Traveled to seven countries and added a few more states to my list. Alaska will be next. I go for long daily walks (even on sub zero winter days). Done a lot of gardening and am close to getting rid of the rest of my lawn. My push mower should be for sale by this time next year.

And I spend way too much time on this forum.

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Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:10 pm

Will you keep home base in Madison and work on special projects?

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Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:17 pm

Bwis53 wrote:Will you keep home base in Madison and work on special projects?

Ms Vilas is still working in Madison, at least for a few more years, so we can continue group health insurance. I've been doing a little substitute teaching. One of these days we might just move to a warmer clime, but maybe not.

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Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:28 pm

As a special ed teacher, what do you think these kids need most? (Besides a stable home life.)

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Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:38 pm

Bwis53 wrote:As a special ed teacher, what do you think these kids need most? (Besides a stable home life.)

While I worked with at risk kids, it wasn't under my special ed license (which I let lapse years ago), but rather my regular ed licenses. It's hard to say what my students needed most, as it varies with the individual and their specific educational and behavorial strengths and deficits. I found that small class sizes with teachers who know them well is important. I taught it such a program for many years. For older kids, a curriculum that combines both classroom instruction with work-study often keeps them motivated. But as I said, different students thrive in different environments.


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