Key words: Instructional Strategies, Deaf Culture, K-12
It's me again...Do you guys out there celebrate Deaf Heritage week? When do you do it? How do you do it? How often does it happen? I get the feeling that kids in the mainstream don't -want- to celebrate deaf heritage! Here at ASD I had my ref. librarian helping a teacher compile deaf legends...did you know the legend about Abe Lincoln...that his hands are always showing the sign A and L? If you look at painting of him you can see there is -some- kernel of truth there! We found some references in the Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deafness and, of course, in Deaf Heritage by Gannon. Then, of course, there is the post card project and I haven't even begun to collect the lower school projects.
So what do you do? Does the community participate or what?
American School for the Deaf
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Hi folks, I teach in a public school. (I'll save description of program for the Intro which I'll call for tonight to get the week started) I have elem. children who are deaf. For the past three years we have done a whole month on a thematic unit centering around deafness or communication. Last year this upset one parent so bad that we were "focusing" on deafness that an ARC was called and they had the child removed from all activities which involved the unit. Because I teach an integrated curriculum that meant I had to come up with several different activities for her.
We read one of those books and my mind is blank right now which was published at Gallaudet by a wonderful lady who used to be here in Kentucky. The chapter book's main character is - Ohhhhhhhhhhh The Flying Fingers Club - just came to me - the main character is deaf.
They didn't even want her to read that book. I had to give her totally different reading and language material. We had several deaf adults come in and share with us their experiences. One had taught in Malaysia, one had been on the deaf Olympics team and had traveled much with that, one had just returned from a trip to Japan, one was an oral middle school girl who was totally mainstreamed, etc. The child was not allowed to participate in that.
This year the child returned to her home school district and is mainstreamed there with interpreters.
We plan to do a similar unit in May. The focus is more on communication than deafness. But, we do do a week of studying Deaf History. At the state conference for educators of the hearing impaired KEHI yesterday I arranged with a team of teachers (two hearing, one deaf) to have them bring 19 of their students to visit us in May during this unit.
I plan to allow the kids to plan the day's activities with some guidance from good ol' me!
Cathy - teacher who may not fit the typical "public school" program stereotype
Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major