This is an informal vlog in response to Ella Mae Lentz regarding her point of view of Sim-Com. Her vlog was in response to Charles Downing's FB post and to Harold3's youTube comments. I love Ella Mae Lentz and agree with her stance regarding how SIM-COM is an ineffective way to communicate.
I am a 12 year veteran teacher that attended a state university that put more emphasis on Aural/Oral approach. They did include sign language, but it was very limited to English sign systems. After graduation, I really thought that I knew a great deal about Deaf education. It wasn't until I started to associate with Deaf people that I really began learning the language. (By not means, have I "arrived." I am still a work in progress.
I would love to get your feedback regarding SIM-COM (simultaneous communication: signing and speaking at the same time). I realize in my educational experience and even at my past places of employment (mainstream environments) I was encouraged to use SIM-COM during instruction. I believe that using SIM-COM is not the most effective way to communicate with Deaf and particularly harmfully to Deaf children.
I most admit that I am also guilty of using SIM-COM. I have to make it a conscious priority to stop myself, since in all of my years of teaching and educational experiences, professionals have encouraged the use of SIM-COM. This is a learned behavior and I must be aware, that when I am doing this, communication is ineffective. ASL has distinct grammatical features and syntax that is completely different from English. The two can't be done simultaneously and still maintain the integrity of both languages.
As an educator, I feel it is especially necessary for us to do the right thing in regard to the children. The right thing is to give children the opportunity to learn ASL correctly and not skewed by the influence of English. The same thing is true for learning English. Deaf children should have the opportunity to learn English without the influence of ASL skewing the structure of English. Let's keep them separate, so Deaf children have a chance. They can't speak up and are the innocent by-standers that end up the recipients of our distorted attempt at language. Please for their sake, let's make it a intentional effort to respect both languages and keep them separate. I too am included with this plea. I must break the habits of years of mis-education and do what is right for the sake of the children.
Thank you Ella for sharing your response with us. I really do look up to you and respect you highly.
Feel free to share any feedback or comments you may have.
Thanks for watching.
For the past 12 years that I've been teaching in the field of Deaf Education, I have come across a few students who had emotional behavioral disorders. Several years back, I thought one student's behavior was just the effect of not being able to communicate. As I worked with this student, I realized that I was wrong.
I use to think that small children who were diagnosed with mental illness or with ADHD, ADD, among others were being over- diagnosed. I am not sure I feel that way today. I do think generally hearing children get over diagnosed. The experiences I've had with Deaf children have proven to be "spot" on.
The most frustrating piece in the educational system for children with emotional, behavioral disorders or mental illness, is that there are not enough services provided to this children. Many are labeled and isolated. While others spend years moving from school to school, teacher to teacher in search of the right fit. I have spoken to several parents who are in a constant battle with school districts in order to best serve their child.
This is an area I would love to explore more about. I am open and willing to learn what ever I can concerning these children. If you know of resources or want to share comments regarding children with EBD or mental illness, please do so.
Gallaudet has some great insight for teachers and parents who may need further information regarding students and possible services a school should offer.
One question this week.
Like the old cliche' "What comes first the chicken or the egg," I would like to pose a question to educators and interpreters.
If you first work as an interpreter, does this make you a better educator?
If you first work as an educator, does this make you a better interpreter?
Leave your thoughts
Social Media has taken over our everyday lives and education is no different. Today's classrooms are very different from those when I was growing up. I remember my classes in middle school having large text books, a green chalk board and a great teacher. Today's classrooms house Smart Boards, Elmos (document cameras), IPADS, Smart Responders, Ebooks, and digital cameras, just to name a few.
Now the internet has completely change all of our lives and as educators and we must bow down to the power of social media. I would like to know how my fellow educators use technology and social media in your classes.
One of the ways I have incorporated social media, is by using a program called Edmodo. Similar to Facebook, educators create a page and give student's access codes for them to create their own profile. Here you can create book responses, post homework, stay in touch with parents and so much more. It is also a great way of getting kids excited about writing since its so similar to Facebook.
What kinds of technology and social media " float your boat"?
I am always looking for great new ideas.
The count-down has begun! The beginning of the 2012-2013 school year will be underway for me this coming Monday, August 6th.
Every year, it seems that we start earlier than the years past. I'm not sure about your schedule, but leave a comment and tell me when your first day of school will be.
As I approach the first day of school, I get the jiggers and butterflies all over again. I am thrilled to be starting a new year...a fresh start. I am sure the students feel the same way. It's almost like January 1st, when everyone makes resolutions. Some of my "resolutions" in years past has been, "I will be more organized." "I will NOT take work home." "I will not get behind on grading papers." Similar to those folks who promise to diet or exercise more, I never feel accomplished at any of these. So, this year...I won't make any "resolutions," but instead I will do things one day at a time and make small achievable goals, that I can reach.
(I feel like I'm writing my own IEP. :0)
If you start school this week, let me be the first to say, "Welcome Back." I hope your year will be a productive and successful year...one day at a time!
I wonder how many educators are "pack-rats?" "Pack-rats, not only in physical manifestation of papers, books, and just plain ole STUFF, but "pack-rat" in the mind too.
We'll folks, I'm here to confess, that WAS me. (emphasis on the former tense).
This week I am on a marathon run of the beginnings of organizing my life. I realize in order for people to be productive and generous, they must first take charge and set order in their lives.
My days were spent stressed because of disarray in all aspects of my life. I would awake to realize that I couldn't locate my other shoe, on the way out the door. I would then arrive to work and have stacks of papers needing grading, only getting larger as the day proceeded. This type of life-sucking behavior is destructive. I realize that the outward manifestation was only reflecting the chaos within.
How much more productive can we as educators be, if our lives are in balance and free of self-initiated stress? What type of magic can we produce in the classroom, if we are clear headed and organized? Let us get rid of the mess that unnecessarily holds us back in our personal lives as well as how we manage our classrooms.
This is why this week, I have begun this life altering journey of getting rid of the junk, the stress and the disarray that stifles the productiveness and passion of what I am called to do.
Do I have any one who wants to join me? We'll here's a good place to start.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephan R. Covey illustrates the difference of effective, successful people versus ineffective, unsuccessful people. I definetly want to be among the list of not just effective, but highly and successful.
Here Dr. Covey states these 7 habits.
1. Be Proactive, Personal Vision
2.Begin With The End In Mind, Personal Leadership
3.Put First Things First Principles of Personal Management
5.Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood
6.Principles of Creative Cooperation
7.Principles of Balanced Self Renewal
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April has been teaching for the past twelve years across the United States. She began her career in Chicago Public Schools, but has taught at Phoenix School for the Deaf, and currently teaching and interpreting in the Atlanta area.