Especially for Educators

Making the Most of your “We Succeed Because We Can” Poster

Making the Most of your “We Succeed Because We Can” Poster

Teachers! We are so happy you have ordered your “We Succeed Because We Can” posters! Here are some great ideas of how to make the most of your poster in your classroom! Heck, we even include the Common Core Standards the activities fit under! Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of youth everywhere! Lesson Plan Ideas and Suggestions Together as a class, pick a person from th ...[Read More]

A Deaf Sense: a Sense of Belonging

A Deaf Sense: a Sense of Belonging

Last week I introduced the idea of Maslow’s Hierarchy and focused on the need to create a sense of belonging. It is important to create that sense of belonging in the family. Today we’ll look at outside the family to foster a sense of belonging in the youth around us. Both deaf children and hearing children that are connected to the world of deafness in some way need to develop this “Deaf Sense.” ...[Read More]

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Spelling is NOT usually FUN!   It’s not often that your child says, “My favorite subject is… Spelling!” More than likely, it’s not a favorite at all. More often, no one likes to do it. Many classrooms have stopped focusing on spelling and instead focus more on the whole language approach. I, personally, like a balanced approach where spelling is taught, but differently than the traditional ap ...[Read More]

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

In the journey or raising a deaf child, educational placement is always a challenge and an ongoing question. Recently I shared an older post about the time I removed my child from a residential school for the Deaf and had him at home. He later went back to school in a mainstream public school program. Now he is back at the school for the deaf with a different teacher. Educational placement is an o ...[Read More]

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Every teacher wants their students to have a higher self-esteem and more motivation, right? You know those first 5 minutes of the day when kids are chatting away and won’t get in their seats? Or the 5 minutes right after lunch when they just don’t want to settle down and start to work? Or the first 5 minutes after passing period? Why not take that 5 minutes to share a snippet of Deaf Culture or Hi ...[Read More]

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

Ok… time to spill my guts. I asked an important question today: what is the best educational placement for my child? For those of you with children who have IEPs, you will know what I mean. Many of you other parents have children who may not “fit in” in the regular public education classroom. They are active kids who are kinesthetic learners; they are bright, dyslexic, just delayed, day dreamers . ...[Read More]

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

Are you using the phrase “Good job!” as your main way to praise your children and students? That is a problem. “Good job!” “That picture looks good!” “Looking good sweetie!” “You are a good brother!” “You are a good boy!” Sounds ‘good,’ right? I thought so too… until the day when I told my son, “Remember – you are a good student! You are a good friend!” just before sending him off to s ...[Read More]

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

 Raising Deaf Children with Dreams, Success, and Confidence. It’s not easy. In fact, in our society today it can be downright difficult! However, the key, believe it or not, is YOUR belief in him. If you don’t believe your child can succeed, how can you instill that belief in him and help him actually do it? I was faced with this as a young parent. Although I knew that deaf people do s ...[Read More]

Our Sensory Table

Our Sensory Table

  “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers   In classic 3rd grade classrooms, you probably would not find a sensory table, but for our home school that we share with a toddler and a 4 year old, we have decided it is a necessity! Sensory activities ...[Read More]