Jack Viorel started his career as a teacher to kids with special needs. He says his first year was full of “wipe-outs”, but he slowly came to realize 3 important things that are important in teaching:
1. Inclusion is necessary for all
2. Self-esteem is the foundation for learning
3. Surfing – or having a vehicle to teach is important
After his teaching experience, he started a special surf school to include anyone and everyone, hiring the best staff possible and creating equipment for all types of needs. Though it’s a “surf-school”, building self-esteem is the actual goal of the program. Surfing is just the vehicle to teach!
His school offers a week long course for kids with visual impairments to help with self-esteem, limiting beliefs and other issues that kids might be struggling with.
To hear his Jack’s Tedx talk, and read more about his school, visit this website.
Have you participated in an interesting program like Jack Viorel’s surf school? Share your experiences in the comment section.
Special Needs Teacher Shares Lessons Learned on Tedx Talks
Surfing as a vehicle to teach? Sounds good!
The article about surfing as a vehicle for teaching reminded me of a similar thing we did when I worked for a school for the blind some years ago. We started a drama club for middle-school-age students, ostensibly to teach drama skills but euqally important, to teach life skills. The confidence we saw these students begin to exude, the flexibility, good humour and team spirit were so gratifying. Sometimes the easiest way to teach serious and important life lessons is through fun. Great blog; I'm glad I discovered it.
Posted by Rebecca Blaevoet: Tactile Vision Graphics on 04/17/2015 12:20PM