Empowering Teachers to Interact Effectively with Parents
Key Words: Deaf Education Information, Deafness Related Issues, Deaf Education
A panel of 3 parents were present during this breakout session at the "Contacts for Empowerment" Ohio's Third Statewide Conference for Professionals Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
What Parents Desire from a Teacher
- Try to understand where the parents come from
- Communicate to the child in the child's own language. Do not force speech or sign on the child.
- Have high expectations for the student, continuously challenge them
- Interpreter is not a teacher, tutor, or aide...ONLY use them as interpreters
Some helpful hints for teachers:
- Keep encouraging parents to learn sign and get involved . Remember they are scared. Be supportive.
- Communicate that you as a teacher are still learning and that you want to establish a learning community
- Always have resources available for the parents. Get newsletters and announcements about the local deaf activities. Let them know where to go and where they can feel safe.
Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major