Reports Ms. Martin, “I reach out to my students all the time . . . [and] make the effort to build relationships with them. I try very hard to foster a connection with them that is supportive of success. I encourage them to engage with their general education content teachers.
“I often like to set mini goals for my students. ‘Before you come to the next lesson, let’s make sure you have this, and this done.’ This not only gives them a to-do list, but it also tells them I’m paying attention and watching all the time.
“My favorite field trip has been ice skating. Not only did I ice skate for the first time, but one of my students did. It was a wonderful time. . . . It’s incredibly hard to try something new, and if we ask students to do that every day, we should be able to do it ourselves.”