Why do Children feel supported when you stay close?

Classroom to Homeroom

In the bustling classroom, amidst the chatter of students and the scratching of pencils on paper, Emma sat diligently working on her assignment. Mrs. Johnson, her teacher assistant, stood nearby, offering silent support.

Emma glanced up, meeting Mrs. Johnson’s reassuring smile. The proximity brought comfort, knowing that help was just a question away. Mrs. Johnson observed Emma’s progress and was ready to step in if Emma needed clarification or additional time.

Teacher: (addressing the class) Remember, everyone, take your time with the assignment. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Mrs. Johnson is here to assist you.

Emma felt a sense of security having Mrs. Johnson nearby. The teacher assistant provided a safe space, allowing Emma to focus on her work without worrying about falling behind. Whenever Emma looked uncertain or paused, Mrs. Johnson would offer a gentle nod, encouraging Emma to continue.

As the class continued, Mrs. Johnson remained by Emma’s side, showing unwavering support. This closeness allowed Emma to ask questions freely and work at her own pace, ensuring that she fully grasped the concepts being taught. In this nurturing environment, Emma felt empowered to participate and engage in classroom activities, knowing that Mrs. Johnson was there to help her succeed.

Next day.

Teacher: Emma, I’ve noticed that you’ve been working hard on your assignments. I appreciate your effort. I wanted to let you know that we have some accommodations in place to support your learning. You’ll have some extra time to complete your tasks compared to the other students in the class.

Emma: Thank you, but I don’t want to be treated differently.

Teacher: I understand, Emma. These accommodations are here to help you perform at your best. They’re not about treating you differently; they’re about leveling the playing field so you can show your true potential. Everyone has different strengths, and these accommodations are designed to support yours. If you ever feel uncomfortable or have questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. We’re here to help you in your learning journey.


Teacher: Emma, I want you to meet Mrs. Johnson, your teacher’s assistant. She’s here to help you succeed in class. Mrs. Johnson, Emma is a dedicated student, and we have some accommodations to support her learning. One of them is providing her with extra time to complete her tasks.

Mrs. Johnson: Hi, Emma! It’s great to meet you. Please know I’m here to assist you with any challenges you might face during your lessons. If you need extra time, have questions, or require help with any assignments, just let me know. Our goal is to make sure you have all the support you need to excel in your studies.

Emma: Thank you, Mrs. Johnson. I appreciate your help.

Teacher: Absolutely, Emma. Mrs. Johnson is experienced and understanding. Don’t hesitate to reach out to her whenever you need assistance. We believe in your abilities, and these accommodations are here to empower you to achieve your best.

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