I'm completing my first field experience for my SPED credential. My supervising professor said that she didn't like how I kept telling the kids that they were smart during my lesson. Since she is completely unapproachable, I thought I would ask here why that would be a bad thing. Personally, as a former special ed student myself, I think it is really important to tell the kids that they're smart, even if they have ID. I didn't know I was truly smart (and actually believed it) till I was in college. I might ask my professor anyway, but I wanted pose the question here first.