- To introduce the idea of being deaf or hard of hearing to the Third Graders through age appropriate simulations and speakers.
- To help children understand that there are many differences in all people both disabled and non-disabled.
- Differences are not right or wrong, not good or bad. They are just different.
PREPARATION (BEFORE THE SIMULATION DAY/SPEAKER VISIT)
Preparation for I CAN includes planning activities and providing students with the knowledge needed to participate in and benefit from the upcoming simulations and speakers. Prior to simulation/speaker identify the need for this experience. This experience not only addresses key Social Justice goals which are outlined in the school’s accreditation process we hope to increase students awareness about people with disabilities, promote a culture of tolerance and encourage the acceptance of differences within our school.
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
1. Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center is the premier provider of hearing, speech-language and deaf services, education and advocacy, helping people connect through communication.
2. Contact Mrs. Zele for more information about the specific titles that are appropriate for your students based on their grade level and the content of their programming.
3. Contact the parent volunteers who will be presenting to your students during the simulation day. They can offer ideas for preparation.
4. Teachers can use the video below before the visit from the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center to prepare students. This video features students from St. Mary of the Assumption School.
ACTION (DURING THE SIMULATION DAY/SPEAKER)
Third graders do not have parents volunteers come to class to facilitate simulations instead Cleveland Hearing and Speech will visit your classroom. A representative from Cleveland Hearing and Speech, as well as a client of the Center, will share stories and experiences with students about all that people who are hearing impaired or deaf can do. They will lead students through interactive experiences designed to increase awareness.
REFLECTION (AFTER THE SIMULATION DAY/SPEAKER)
Main Center: University Circle
11635 Euclid Aven
Cleveland Ohio 44106-4319
Third graders should write a thank-you note to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech representatives who attended I CAN.
Reflection is the structured opportunity for students to critically think about their experience with the simulations or a given speaker. Teachers should ask students to apply their learning in a broader academic, social, and personal context. Reflections prevent the hands-on experiences and memories from the speakers from fading away. Reflections keep the concepts of this program alive.
CELEBRATION (CULMINATION OF THE PROGRAM)
This final phase recognizes the students’ contributions. It also provides closure for the activity. Students will have a chance to celebrate all that people with disabilities can achieve. Celebrations may include:
- Media coverage: school newspaper, newsletter for parents, News Harold, church bulletin, etc
- Recognition of this month-long program at one school mass
- Composing thank-you notes to speakers for their time, offer specific expressions of gratitude
- Directly pointing out to students when their behaviors, attitudes, and actions mirror the objectives of this program, such as recognizing when someone needs a friend, acknowledgment of someone’s accomplishment after a great deal of hard work, finally when a student demonstrates patience and understanding of their peers.