American sign language: a teacher's resource text on grammar by Charlotte Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely

By Charlotte Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely

Baker-Shenk C., Cokely D. American signal language (Clerc Books, Gallaudet collage Press, 1991, 1980)(ISBN 093032384X)(400dpi)(469s)

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The perception held by our school community at one time was that Graham was OK in school. He had extreme needs; was developmentally young for his age; had inadequate social skills, but was a loveable and often loving boy aged ®ve years who had already been excluded from one school but whom we felt deserved a chance to learn alongside his mainstream peers. He began to develop a good relationship with one or two adults, and would 38 The resilient teacher spend a lot of time in the classroom and a little outside playing with his learning support assistant (LSA).

We would recommend that teachers seek out opportunities for inservice training in group-work methods. The dif®culty of getting into a group or working with someone who isn't your ®rst choice reminds us of what it is like to be in the children's shoes. The week following such experiences we will certainly be more sensitive to children's needs. It therefore seems vital that we engage, on a regular basis, with such training as part of our Inset programme. Meeting personal needs Given the importance we have placed on our own internal processes in providing a helpful way of viewing the child with EBD, it should not come as a surprise that we also place importance on the teacher looking after him- or herself.

It may be that talking with sympathetic colleagues is helpful in understanding ourselves and in allowing our dif®cult feelings to be discharged. Threats from the outside We all carry our own expectations that originate from the school, the outside world and ourselves. Teachers are often a target when things go wrong. They are told that education should do this or that and that standards have dropped here or there. This is not to say there are no weaknesses, but we feel that the strengths of such a dedicated profession are often unsung.

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