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Community Connections

  1. 1. Community Connections Rachel Kasliner [email_address] December 2, 2010 EEX 3241
  2. 2. Introduction to the Host Setting <ul><li>Longwood Elementary School- Heidi Unruh, Melissa Wondrely </li></ul><ul><li>The school had a whole Deaf/Hard of Hearing program available for students in Seminole County </li></ul><ul><li>The class was general education, but included Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, students with Learning Disabilities, and students with Speech/Language Disorders </li></ul>
  3. 3. Personal Demographics <ul><li>3 rd year Exceptional Education Major </li></ul><ul><li>Sister has SLD, ADHD, and other disabilities. Mother works in the ESE Department for Martin County School District. </li></ul><ul><li>Play rugby for UCF. </li></ul><ul><li>Love music, chicken wings, and movies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Engagement <ul><li>I started doing Junior Achievement with the classroom, then completed my 15 hours afterwards </li></ul><ul><li>The school provides a Deaf/Hard of Hearing program for students in need </li></ul><ul><li>I taught the students some lessons and worked individually with one specific student with a Learning Disability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Engagement cont’d <ul><li>After I started Junior Achievement in the classroom, I got very attached to each student and couldn’t wait to go back! </li></ul><ul><li>The students were very engaged and interested in learning. They interacted with each other and helped each other when they needed it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Classroom Demographics <ul><li>The classroom was composed of 20 children, 15 who were White, with 3 Black students, and 2 Asian students. </li></ul><ul><li>They were all in the 4 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>There were 4 Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, 3 with Learning Disabilities, 3 with Speech/Language Disorders, and about 5 who were identified as Gifted. </li></ul><ul><li>I served a total of 7 children with disabilities (not including Gifted.) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Perceptions of Differences <ul><li>I was nervous at first because I was working in a general education classroom, but when I talked to the teacher and realized there were Exceptional students, I wasn’t so nervous. </li></ul><ul><li>The only worries I had about the students was the fact that I had not worked with D/HH students before. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Perceptions cont’d <ul><li>There was a full-time interpreter and the D/HH students used hearing aids. </li></ul><ul><li>The students were very engaged and willing to interact with each other and it wasn’t as scary as I thought. Two of the 4 D/HH students spoke which was relieving to me, because it meant that I didn’t have to go through the interpreter the whole time. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Perceptions cont’d <ul><li>The coolest bit of technology I saw was a microphone that synced up to the students’ hearing aids that amplified what was said. </li></ul><ul><li>Something that had the most impact on me was that the non D/HH students would use sign language with the D/HH students when they talked to them. It really brought about a sense of community within the classroom and really impressed me. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Connections to the Course <ul><li>I completed the Community Partners project for both my EEX 3241 and EEX 4763 courses. </li></ul><ul><li>I understand some aspects of the Assistive Technology better. This is technology that is used to enhance the student’s understanding or performance. Using the microphone synced up to each student’s hearing aid helped them hear what was being said. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Connections cont’d <ul><li>Another aspect of the course I understand is accommodations for students. One student’s IEP stated that he was supposed to do the work that he knew, so he would complete the sections that he understood. He was also pulled out of the classroom to get explicit instruction in areas he struggled with. On a couple occasions, he did not complete the homework so I sat one-on-one with him and went over it until he completed a significant portion of it. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Connections cont’d <ul><li>The classroom was very well organized and arranged. The desks were arranged in groups and the D/HH students were placed in the front of the room near the interpreter. The placement of the students was essential to their learning. </li></ul><ul><li>These experiences affect my future professional work, because the class was a great example of a well put-together classroom experience. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Civic Engagement <ul><li>I love volunteering in the classroom. It was fun especially in the mixed classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that service-learning is a great method of learning. Getting out into the schools is so important for future teachers, because it exposes them to the real setting. </li></ul><ul><li>This experience definitely motivated me to be more engaged in the future because it showed me that the lessons I’ve learned in my class can be applied across any education setting. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Civic Engagement cont’d <ul><li>I am a big supporter of service-learning, because it is a fun experience for everyone involved. The students and volunteers enjoy each other, and the volunteer gets an idea of what is in store for them. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Final Thoughts <ul><li>I absolutely loved my service-learning experience. The students were so warm and inviting towards me and each other. The whole classroom seemed like a big family and the students changed my perception of general education students. I would definitely like to stay involved with the group of students. </li></ul>

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