[nobe-l] teaching questions
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Tue Feb 16 01:04:47 UTC 2010
> From: mdenning at cinci.rr.com
> To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
> Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 19:06:23 -0500
> Subject: Re: [nobe-l] teaching questions
> Anita, I have worked as a TVI but I worked as a rehabilitation teacher in
> the past. In both of these jobs I have worked with people one-on-one. I
> am a teacher of children who are visually impaired and his is my first year.
> This year I have three totally blind students who attend a local high
> school. Each of these students is in a classroom and I provide the needed
> support services. One of my students is in "regular education" classes and
> plans to attend college. She will graduate at age 18 and all services are
> related to her visual impairment. I help her work on organization skills,
> test taking skills, notetaking skills and support the teachers as needed.
> The other two students have additional disabilities. They are probably
> autistic even though it is not listed in any evaluations. About 60 to 70
> per cent of visually impaired students have additional disabilities.
> Motivating them from day to day is definitely a challenge. Some days I feel
> like we have gone backwards and other days I think I must be the greatest
> teacher on earth because of their progress. My job changes from day to day
> and from hour to hour.
> As a rehabilitation teacher I worked with primarily older people who were
> losing their vision. I visited them in their homes and helped them learn
> skills to live independently. I didn't teach braille too much but I did
> some. I, again, did not get bored because my job was constantly changing.
> I loved it when someone learned to do something they thought they could no
> longer do.
> I think any job can get boring but the requirements of teachers is
> constantly changing so the expectations change. I also believe each class
> has their own personality and characteristics and that keeps teaching
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Anita Adkins" <aadkins7 at verizon.net>
> To: "National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List"
> <nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [nobe-l] teaching questions
> > Hello Kathy,
> > I do appreciate your willingness to answer questions. I do have a few for
> > you.
> > First, do you have a secret pneumonic device for memorizing the voices of
> > your students. I know this is a silly thing to worry about, but I am in
> > college classes with all different students. Many of them know me on site
> > from class to class, but I sure do not know them, unless I have worked
> > with them more closely within the class.
> > Second, I am interested in working in the field of blindness. I want to
> > actually teach at a school for the blind or in another position that would
> > allow me to work specificly in the field of blindness. I am going into
> > Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts because, first
> > of all, I love to write, and, second of all, this school does not have a
> > degree in vision or even Special Ed. My concern is with teaching
> > students, whether they are blind or sighted, I am terribly afraid I will
> > get bored. I have taught before, and I am excellent at motivating
> > students. But, I found that if I taught computer technology or Braille
> > all day, I became bored. This was in a position where I had maybe five
> > students, all in various stages of accepting their disability.
> > Fortunately, in that particular position, my boredom was not a major
> > concern because I could switch my subjects and move around, such as from
> > the Computer lab to the Braille classroom or inside or outside the
> > building when working with students during Travel class. So, my question
> > is: do you have ways to keep yourself from getting bored while teaching.
> > If you teach Shakespeare every year, for instance, it seems you would know
> > it so well that it would become monotonous. I am active and like to
> > switch from task to task. I am terrified that if I teach, I will
> > eventually, after a few years, become bored with the same routine. Maybe,
> > what I am really asking is do you have any ideas on various careers in
> > blindness that I could explore? I would love to teach and lecture and to
> > show blind students that they can be active and independent, but I also
> > want to do more than that, such as research or work with Braille, etc.
> > Thanks. Anita
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Kathy Nimmer" <goldendolphin17 at hotmail.com>
> > To: "blind teachers" <nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:40 PM
> > Subject: Re: [nobe-l] Quietly I introduce myself
> >> Hello everyone,
> >> Well, I've sure enjoyed seeing the discussions from so many to-be
> >> teachers. It is hopeful to me that people are entering the training
> >> process with an eye on this field, even though the odds are against them
> >> for hiring in a normal public school classroom. I am someone who was
> >> fortunate to go against those odds. I am in my eighteenth year of
> >> teaching English and creative writing in a normal high school classroom
> >> in a large public school in Indiana. Never would I claim to have all the
> >> answers to what must be many questions, but I am willing to give some of
> >> them a shot. I know I might be in a position to help those of you in
> >> college and looking toward a teaching job, so I invite you to ask away.
> >> I even had one list member come out to my neck of the woods to observe
> >> for three days this past August, a wonderful experience for both of us.
> >> She is student teaching right now. Again, nothing I do is the ideal or
> >> perfect answer for everyone else, but I do do it and have for several
> >> years, not with success early on but with success far more often than not
> >> now. Should we change the subject line if we're going to do an open back
> >> and forth q/a? In between scanning and grading fifty historical short
> >> stories his weekend, I'll gladly offer my limited wisdom and will
> >> probably end up learning more from you than you do from me! Hear from
> >> you soon.
> >> Kathy Nimmer: Teacher, Author, Motivational Speaker
> >> http://www.servicedogstories.com
> >> http://guidedogjourney.livejournal.com
> >> Even if the shadows of the valley hide your view,
> >> You still must believe in the mountains.
> >>> From: iamantonio at cox.net
> >>> To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
> >>> Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:07:49 -0500
> >>> Subject: [nobe-l] Quietly I introduce myself
> >>> Hi all,
> >>> I hope we are all busy at teaching, or learning how to teach, since I
> >>> have gotten no mail from this list in the past couple of weeks since
> >>> subscribing.
> >>> I am a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island,
> >>> and subscribed here because I am at school to become a social studies
> >>> teacher.
> >>> Some of you may know me from the NABS list, or the NFB of Florida, or
> >>> the NFB of Massachusetts, and some of you will come to know me as a
> >>> student at Western Governors University.
> >>> This online university is where I currently attend, and it is where I
> >>> will obtain a bachelors in social studies teaching 5/12.
> >>> I am optimistic about getting a job after graduation, and I expect my
> >>> hopes of employment to become realized. In other words, I want to, and
> >>> expect to land a job.
> >>> Right now all I can do is to work hard at school, and hope for a bright,
> >>> if hectic teaching career.
> >>> I have no specific questions at the moment, but hope to see some list
> >>> traffic.
> >>> Are there blind teachers here? what do you teach, and are you listed in
> >>> Where the Blind Work?
> >>> Sincerely,
> >>> Antonio Guimaraes
> >>> If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup
> >>> trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number
> >>> of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world's great
> >>> literary works in Braille.
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