Watch Rick Lavoie’s video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRIKkU6IVRQ and write a paragraph or two about what he is discussing and what the video means to you.
In this video Rick Lavoie uses poker chips to describe self esteem. The popular kids in school have a ton of poker chips and get more chips every time something good happens to them. If they are picked to be the captain of the football team or homecoming king they get 10,000 poker chips. Because of inclusion, learning disabled kids are forced to attend school with these children who have thousands and thousands of poker chips. The learning disabled kids however, do not have many chips at all and they want to hold on tightly to the few they do have. This is why these children don’t ask questions in class, this is why they don’t try out for sports teams, or even ask peers to go to dances with them for fear of being rejected and losing their chips.
As teachers, our job is to make sure that every kid has more poker chips when he or she goes home than when they got up that morning. We need to give them as many poker chips as we can and take away just the minimum we have to. We need to build our children up, our job as teachers is to be sure they have confidence and let them know they can achieve their potential.