Teaching high school students is different from teaching college. My first week (last week) done, whew.
First week of school was the week before. It was a last minute job but I was okay with the challenge...the spice of life.
The first day of class, from four straight classes, I got this question: "What do you think about cochlear implants?". Now before I answer this, the week before the substitute showed "Sound and Fury"! First off, do not show that video the first week of Level 1 classes! This is an ASL class, sheesh! There were other videos in the room.
So I told the students the truth, the concept of cochlear implants is bigger than the technology. It can fail or succeed, we still have to look at the whole person, not the technology. Am I personally in favor of it? No, not because of the technology. One can have an CI and either have or not a good education. One can have CI and still use ASL. There are so many factors to the decision and knowledge of how cochlear implant can have an impact on someone's life.
I really had to stay off my soap box.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.