The Adventures of Greg Spence Wolf
Depictions of what I have seen while working as an educator
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Future News: Cleaning Robots Evolves into Intelligent Life Forms on Ancient Abandoned Space Stations
I have a science fiction artificial intelligence character idea in development.
The character evolves from a cleaning robot.
The cleaning robots were developed centuries ago by extinct aliens.
They were equipped to clean up the waste in space stations and were equipped with three dimensional printers that could compact the waste they collect into easily retrievable shapes. As the robots advance in their ability to process waste they create other waste processing robots.
Eventually the robots are given autonomy over design and adapted to their jobs within the parameters which they were designed and the environment they inhabited. And they started to learn how to work together with the tools they madewith the waste.
Long after the space stations they were designed to clean were abandoned, they continued to clean, adapt and eventually evolve into multiple life forms.
They compete with and eventually consume natural creatures like roaches.
© Greg Spence Wolf 12/18/22 10:27 pm
Promote Paraeducators to the Jobs they already do
I want our public school system to train and mentor with the intention to promote, all education support staff.
This includes education support professionals, paraprofessionals, paraeducators, special education assistants, bilingual assistants, preschool assistants and instructional assistants.
Anyone who's job is to work with students towards their educational goals.
I want them to be interned to be the lead teacher or therapist and be prepared to substitute or be promoted to the jobs that they assist or do alongside licensed professionals.
I want paraeducators to be trained and promoted to be certified teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and most importantly licensed behavior ttherapists.
I want this because paraeducators spend the most time with their students and know them the best. Instead of having special education students spend 80% of their time with assistants who have little training and no say in the lesson plans, I want students to spend 100% of their time with licensed support staff.
I want this because paraeducators do most aspects of the jobs they support and most of the behavior support in special education classrooms.
Paraeducators do Speech Therapy when they:
Do sight word practice,
Help kids learn how to decode phonics,
Ask a student clarifying questions about a passage they just read in a book.
Teach a student how to communicate with pictures
I want paraeducators to be trained and promoted to physical therapist because para-educators do physical therapy when they:
Help students with physically challenging tasks in gym class.
I want paraeducators to be promoted and trained to be occupational therapists because paraeducators teach valuable life skills when they show a student:
How to use a three fingered grip on a pencil,
How to open a milk carton and shrink wrapped food packaging,
How to wash their hands,
How to be more independent in the bathroom.
How to use a zipper
how to open a locker.
How to take their jackets on and off.
How to tie their shoes
I want paraeducators to be trained and promoted to be licensed behavior therapists.
Most special education classrooms have no licensed behavior therapists and rely on the special education teacher to develop a behavior plan. I have observed Clover Park School District and Franklin Pierce School District use behavior techs.
All special education classrooms I have worked in, during my 15 years of experience, in special education have one to four assistant teachers or paraeducators.
My personal observations tell me that In special education the more profound the need of the student, and the more extreme a student's behavior is, the more likely they will be served by a paraeducator or an assistant teacher.
Asault Weapons is the crime issue that is a real threat
Are you willing to ban assault weapons.
Having my car broken into on Rt 7 is frustrating. I had to pay to fix my window.
Thankfully my employer didn't make me pay for the laptop that was stolen.
They were obviously targeting my computer because they left my ukulele and my backpack in the car.
The police never investigate these cases. They let you file a report on their website for insurance purposes.
The police never investigate home burglaries. In Seattle or Tacoma.
The police are now very good about domestic violence. Even violence between housemates.
My response to the break-in was to no longer leave any device with a WiFi or Bluetooth signal in my car.
Assault weapons I can't adapt to. If I am shot by an assault weapon, you won't be able to recognize my body.
Greg Abbott is sending DNA test kids to Schools to help people identify their children after assault rifle massacres.
This is because Texas lawmakers won't pass any restrictions on weapons that should only used to shoot Russian tanks on the streets of Ukraine.
I was frustrated by the break in, but I want us to be protected from assault weapons.