Teaching Communication to Deaf Students so as to Help Then Live Independently

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Living Independently
Teachers are often looked at, by their students, as a second mom or a second dad. Our job as teachers is going to be, not only to teach students academics, but to care for them and make sure they are well rounded. Teachers have to ready students for the future so that they are able to live independent lives as adults. Deaf students tend to struggle with living adult lives more so than their hearing counterparts. As Deaf Education teachers, our duty should be to promote functional living, social-interaction, and self-advocacy skills for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is especially important for Deaf Education teachers to promote this because the amount of support a deaf child receives at home may be
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The child may not be able to communicate with the family and as a result, is left out of conversations during family dinners and such, leading to a low sense of self-esteem. Psychologist Jerome Bruner had a theory that “being born into a culture is not enough; rather, a designated teacher must interpret and share the culture with the child” (Scheetz, 1993). The hearing population may not be considered a culture, but the deaf population has formed a culture founded on their deafness. As a hearing teacher of deaf children one may not be the adequate “designated teacher” to share deaf culture with a deaf child. The teacher can be the one to introduce students to deaf culture by telling them the local deaf community and events that are coming up. A hearing teacher can encourage deaf students to get involved in the deaf community and become a part of the culture. By doing so, students could meet the designated teacher that will interpret and share the culture with them. Lev Vygotsky’s “philosophy has also emphasized the importance of the social environment of the child. He feels that a person’s culture is responsible for selecting the segments of information that they consider important” (Scheetz, 1993). If a deaf person spends his/her entire life surrounded by hearing people only and feeling like an outsider, then s/he will have trouble developing socially. A teacher of deaf students is responsible for providing an appropriate social environment in the

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