The staff at my new school is past amazing. They are so forward in their thinking, so full of energy and so welcoming. That is more than half the battle. The Deaf/HH team I am with is very much a team mindset, helping, sharing and giving. I hope to learn tons from them,and also to teach them from my past experiences. I can use what they know worked with these students before and also add my ideas.
What dawned on me today was a memory of a job far more nervewracking than this. I was hired in Nebraska 20 years ago for a 4th grade self contained deaf/hh class. I knew they would be functioning a little lower,because they were not mainstreamed. However,r I was shocked to see them roll in to my room in wheelchairs or have clear (unlabeled)autistic behaviors. After the first day of crying at home, I went back,created amazing, fun and silly lessons. I taught them to cook, sing and dance. It was one of the most fabulous years of my career.
I have to go at it this year the same way. There are not alot of details of "how to's". Instead of flipping out, I need to create my own "how to's" and be thankful. I am ready to try, make mistakes, fix them, and have fun. Each day there will be ups and downs,but I know that in the end, passion to teach deaf/hh children is inside of me, my love of creativity, music, art and all things reading is there, and that I will embrace these children and do what I need to do to give them the year they deserve.
If you have any creative preschool level arts/crafts/music ideas, please send them my way. Always looking for new ideas-the more hands on/interactive,the better!
Happy New School Year to you and yours!