[nobe-l] teaching questions
aadkins7 at verizon.net
Tue Feb 16 01:11:33 UTC 2010
Thanks. That is very helpful. I am beginning to think that I can find it
challenging (in a positive way) to teach, especially after Kathy's email. I
appreciate your email because I am considering becoming a TVI. My main
concern is traveling from school to school. I am a West Virginian at heart,
and WV has a lot of back roads. Hiring a driver might get expensive for me.
If you are managing, so can I. Thanks for the encouragement. Anita
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marianne" <mdenning at cinci.rr.com>
To: "National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List"
<nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 7:06 PM
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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>>> 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
>>>> 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
>>>> Are there blind teachers here? what do you teach, and are you listed in
>>>> Where the Blind Work?
>>>> 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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