Teaching deaf students

August 20, 2014

I teach students who are Deaf and hard of hearing employing American Sign Language. Throughout my undergraduate work, I not only made my own study guides, wrote my exam answers out before the test, and had to have an understanding of the “big picture” before I could digest the details, I also quite successfully used American Sign Language as a tool in my studying. When I was doing straight memorization, I would sign what I was trying to remember. Then, during the test, all I had to do was close my eyes and “see” myself signing and I would remember the answer. In my masters degree work, I had several classes with another teacher who taught deaf students. We did the same things in studying together. I try to teach my deaf students this same technique. It works amazingly well. I am currently working on a project in tutoring deaf and hard of hearing secondary and post secondary students for Tulsa Community College.