“HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE” AND OTHER CORNERSTONES OF HOSPITAL SCHOOL TEACHERHOOD


Hospital school teaching falls into category of education for students with demanding special needs. Therefore, hospital schools represent ultimate and special learning environments of basic education. The article is based on the long-term practical experience as a special education teacher at a hospital school and the researcher’s diary of the everyday encounters in the teacher’s work. The data have been obtained in the form of teacher diaries for 15 years. This article reports analysis of one month’s diary entries. The results include carefully selected entries that are to illustrate hospital-pedagogical daily life concretely and variedly. Based on the analysis and information obtained from student feedback and hospital school developmental reports, the elements of hospital school teacher’s work are introduced. The purpose was to highlight the special features of hospital school teaching from the special education teacher’s viewpoint.