Friday, 14 December 2018

When pupils disrespect HI teachers.

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As Deaf.Read increasingly appears to veer away from deaf issues to trivia perhaps time to get back to issues that really concern the hearing loss areas.

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Query: "Any teachers in the group have tips for classroom management when you're missing snippy things that students are saying under their breath? My principal has spoken to me about missing things that students have been saying. He was very understanding and asked if there are any accommodations the school can make, but I'm not even sure what to ask for."

#1  I have the same issue in my classroom :(

#2 Use a Bluetooth streamer and remote microphone..both paired with your hearing aids.., either PHONAK or OTICON  e.g.

#3 They will just do the same outside the classroom in my experience, I don't think bugging them helps. The only course then is stern letters to parents about disrespect, the media snowflakes getting more coverage and confusing the whole thing, and the parents hitting back with spying on kids allegations, punishing the kids won't help at all, spying on them worse!

#4 But you need to make them understand it is upsetting to the teacher with hearing loss and notify the head and parents to make their children aware it is hurtful...

#3 I'd resist the lecture personally. The fact people are saying or whispering things does not prove they are saying it about your hearing loss, by definition the teacher doesn't know what it is said.  The teacher needs to find a better way to reconnect to the kids. Kids could be talking about nothing to do with the lesson, the teacher or the school. Wouldn't be the first to assume what wasn't said! 

#5 No awareness lecture, threat, or law has ever succeeded, because people don't like being told they are wrong, even when they know, so I agree, you need more subtle means to inform and educate. 

#6 Make light of it?  find better ways to ensure they connect to the teacher etc includes them, don't establish a defensive position, kids like a battle and there are more of them!  Do not tell them off as this establishes another barrier. Most sniggers (If that is a proven), are down to embarrassment and ignorance, not deliberate design. As with all such issues, there is a hardcore, so you ID/isolate those, but don't isolate the rest as well!

#4 The head needs to inform children and parents what they are doing is discrimination against the deaf.

#5 No! it makes things worse, and, the teacher posting here isn't deaf, did you even read the comment?


Once upon a time in the Deaf World.

Image result for fantasy artHi! (Looking for deaf fantasy fans and books).

I'm a novelist working on an urban fantasy novella featuring a deaf protagonist that I'd really like some feedback on. It’s a rather specific genre, so I'm trying not to waste the time of people with no interest in these kinds of stories, but I'm struggling to find an area in the deaf community specifically catering to SFF media. In brief, it's an urban fantasy thriller with a deaf protagonist stranded in Tokyo after an implant causes her to hear things no one else can. (Bad things, taking us into fantasy/horror territory.) 

This novella connects to a wider series I’m writing and I’d really like to bring this character into the main storyline, but not being deaf myself I'm wary of presenting her correctly. I’ve had admittedly little involvement in the deaf community so far, but it’s been an interest since I worked at a company developing an app to assist communities with disabilities.

If this is something that might appeal to you, or you know somewhere that I might be able to find someone who can help, please get in touch! Ideally, I'd like to find some beta readers for the book, but even if a little discussion over a few factors of the story would be a great help.

Thank you for your time either way!

Best regards,

Phil Williams


Have you tried 'Deafhood' by Paddy Ladd?  A bigger fairy story and horror fantasy about the deaf would be impossible to find.  Or even 'Really Not interested in the Deaf' by Doug Alker?