I teach swim lessons at my club, and recently I was thinking about how Aspies make good teachers. I mean, who hasn't had a mean teacher who doesn't understand the way you roll? I know that I have had my fair share of teachers like that.
I think that is why Aspies make such good teachers. I mean, we all want that teacher who is understanding and kind and knows how to deal with us. Personally, I try to live by the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," so I try to teach like the teacher I want to have. For example, I have a little girl in my class who refuses to put her head underwater. I try very hard to talk her into it and to help her not be afraid. Slowly but surely, she is starting to go under. I listen to her fears and talk her through it and literally hold her hand as she does just that.
That is the kind of thing I do and I think that's why Aspies make such good teachers. We try to be the teacher we never had.
Originally posted at email@example.com on June 15.