My day job is a Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. My first two years, I was an itinerant teacher. That means, I went to different schools, worked with 1 or 2 deaf/hh students at a time,and retaught academics and taught about hearing loss and advocacy. Then,I had a class of lower functioning deaf and hard of hearing children. It was a big change,but the interpreters and aids who helped me were incredible and I laughed alot during that year! Then, I went back to teaching itinerant again. After 9 years in a district, things changed with the population,so I was downsized out of a job. I was fortunate enough to get a new job in the town I live. I will be teaching 2nd grade deaf and hard of hearing children in a class... WOW. My brain is on overload.
Starting fresh-really,it is like a brand new job. How do I set up the room?How do I organize things?What are the themes of the year going to be?Should I have a classroom theme?How on earth do I create SMARTboard lessons? What is needed to ensure the common core standards are met? It is exciting to go into the class and start fresh. I have a blank slate-currently,there are three tables, a teacher desk , a few chairs and a file cabinet. WOW do I have a lot of work to do.
The cool thing is,I can do it how I want... I set up book bins for a few hours tonight-books of the same series together,nonfiction together, seasonal books,etc. It was a lot of work,but it looks cool. I put a car-bed in the room today that I will put pillows on for kids to read in. It is coming together..slowly...
How do you feel when you start fresh-do you get excited or nervous?How do you handle those feelings?
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.