I attended the first day of my CPI training yesterday under my new position as a paraprofessional.
There was a wealth of information presented. And there will be more today followed by a test.
So I listened.
And I learned.
Just like our students. 🙂
I now know the philosophy of CPI is Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security.
My favorite part was a short YouTube video entitled, The Manslater, which was comically used to illustrate effective verbal intervention. It’s not WHAT we say, but HOW we say it that matters most.
It was a hilarious spoof on a device that offers men the answer to true marital bliss! A Woman Language Translator.
A woman says, “I’ll be ready in 5 minutes”.
It is translated back in man words,
“Me ready in 30 minute!”
We all laughed jovially at this contraption, many of us wishing our own boyfriends, husbands or exes had one of their own.
If you’ve ever suffered from the male/female language barrier, I’d highly recommend your watching it. It’s worth the giggles.
But in reality isn’t that how it truly is?
Men are from Mars And Women Are From Venus. We truly are two completely different human beings in many aspects. We often remain in total confusion because we do not understand how the other gender thinks or feels. We need someone to step in and translate what we really mean or need.
Now just imagine how our kids feel? Especially the ones with physiological, psychological or sociological issues.
They wish we had a Teacherlator that we could point in their direction as simply as a remote control to a TV that could translate to us what they really mean and feel. Just imagine how much less anxiety and frustration the classrooms would exhibit!
But we don’t. 😦 Instead we have to listen and watch for cues of escalating crisis then support and direct and practice nonviolent physical crisis prevention and build therapeutic rapport.
Each of us have been handmade by God, wonderfully complex! Each different. Some a little harder to reach or understand than others. But all equally as valuable.
I encourage each of you to love one another as the unique individuals you are. Try to remain positive and calm at all times with each other. Provide a welcoming, loving, inviting, peaceful, drama free environment for others wherever you may be. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this, some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
Now in regard to the men in your life, there’s only 79 days left ’til Christmas. But that’s still plenty of time to order your Manslater now! 🙂
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
Love and laughter,