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Deaf Education

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Deaf Education
Essential Questions
Rebecca Sidders
My Project
Lawrence High School
I sat in on Rebecca's ASL class, English, and Algebra class
Observed interpreting of English class
Algebra support
English game and support
By: Kaye Forden
How does a deaf school differ from a hearing school?
How are the relationships between students with such a big age differences?
How can a teacher help a student who is not understanding the material?
What other help can students receive while being in such a small classroom?

Background
What is deaf?
The inability to hear, completely or partially.
When being referred to as deaf, the d is lowercase.
What is Deaf?
When referred to with an uppercase D, it is talking about the community of deaf people
ASL
American Sign Language
Used as a means of communication between the Deaf.
Visual language that focuses on the hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions
American Sign Language is NOT a Universal language.
Common Misconceptions about Deafness
The Deaf can't...
drive,
watch and enjoy tv and movies,
listen to music
speak
play sports

These are all false!
Jennifer Padgett
Works for the Van Buren ISD as a Consultant for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing in Lawton, Mattawan, and Decatur
Works for Van Buren ISD and Lawrence High School as a teacher for the Deaf and H-O-H
What is H-O-H?
Hard of Hearing
Often times considered mild or partial hearing loss

Worked as a Deaf Educator for 8 years
Degrees
- Bachelors in Teaching American Sign Language from Kent State University
-Masters in Deaf Education from University of North Colorado
What I learned from Rebecca
What it takes to be an educator for the Deaf and how to pursue that
Prior Knowledge vs. Gained
Prior:
ASL is most commonly used
Deaf Schools are residential
Deaf Education is part of Special Education
Most Deaf Students graduate with a 3rd grade reading level
Most deaf children are born to hearing parents
There is a Deaf College in Washington D.C. (Gallaudet University)
Gained:
Flexibility is key
Creativity is needed
Patients is very important
You can help even with minimal ASL knowledge as a beginner
Goals, Challenge, and Solutions
Goals
I met with a teacher from the Van Buren ISD and observed the difference between a deaf classroom and a hearing classroom.

I expanded my view of the world by immersing myself in a different culture.

I provided assistance to students who need help with their school work.

Challenge
Student being at their grade level in learning.

Explaining words that students don't understand.
Solution
Continue to be patient and work with the students so they can continue to grow and learn. Also, begin teaching ASL to younger students/children.
The Answers
How does a deaf school differ from a hearing school?
Deaf Schools are residential
Deaf Students attend Monday thru Thursday all day and Friday 1/2 the day
Fighting is more common in a deaf setting
Government run: If there is a hurricane, tornado, flood, or any other natural disaster, teachers must go to work.
How are the relationships between students with such a big age differences?
More family like.
The students live the same person year after year and their peers become more like siblings
How can a teacher help a student who is not understanding the material?
Continually working with a student to help them understand what is being taught
What other help can students receive while being in such a small classroom?
Get more one on one with their teachers
More individualized help with smaller class sizes
More time to reexplain material in a different way
Also Hard of Hearing herself
What I learned within the field
I need to be patient, a quick thinker, and creative to do well.
Tangible Outcome
This video shows the difference between the ASL and English language that deaf children struggle with.
Challenge
How can I help a student be at their grade level in learning?
Start teaching the language as early as possible, so the language skills can be acquired to help deaf children.

How do I explain words that students understand?
Continue to learn ASL to expand vocabulary.
My Outcome
Skills:
Improved ASL fluency
better understanding of their culture
Impact
Being able to see the how much the kids struggled with learning material, and being able to have such a wonderful mentor that was so much like myself.
Challenges I faced
Minimal signing experience
Minimal tutoring abilities
Hard to teach something you've just learned and maybe a different way to explain it.
Not being able to take pictures of the kids due to confidentiality
No challenged from my Mentor
Reading Level:
Hearing: 2nd grade
Deaf: 7th grade
Overall Experience
I loved it!
I wouldn't change anything; except lengthen my time there, and stop my mentor from leaving for Ohio
What I learned about myself
Where I want to go to college
What I definitely want to major in
Future Plans
Thank you!
Questions?
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