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From WNPR.org and Connecticut Public Radio: Making Sense. Deaf Children and the Choices Their Parents Must Make.
Read or listen to the story below.
🤟 What is the most difficult choice you've made as a parent or teacher? Why did you make the decision you did?
for my child, "Emma". I was already behind the curve. The state of Tennessee didn't automatically test a child's hearing at birth. While technology and research have made some of these decisions easier, the concepts and cultures of deaf or Deaf often conflict.
Andy Mineo's awakening to his sister's deafness.
13 May 2019
🤟 “Hear My Heart” Andy Mineo’s song for his sister Grace - CAUTION your heart won't be the same.
🤟 “It's not that I did somethin',
it's the fact that I didn't”
Haven’t we all been there? Watch Andy's video. You can’t help but see/hear his heart.
Two mothers, two stories, same unshakeable love.
6 May 2019
In celebration of Mother’s Day, today’s story will focus on two mothers, one who speaks from the TED stage and the other from this newsletter’s page.
Read about these otherwise everyday moms here. Or click on the pictures to see their stories.
What is it that makes bilingual or multilingual brains different?
29 April 2019
From the TED_Ed Talk
“It's well known that the brain's left hemisphere is more dominant and analytical in logical processes, while the right hemisphere is more active in emotional and social ones, though this is a matter of degree, not an absolute split. The fact that language involves both types of functions while lateralization develops gradually with age, has lead to the critical period hypothesis. According to this theory, children learn languages more easily because the plasticity of their developing brains lets them use both hemispheres in language acquisition, while in most adults, language is lateralized to one hemisphere, usually the left.”
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A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended. (Bruce Wayne)
15 April 2019
Heroes are teachers, parents and caregivers. Everyday you stare challenges in the face; you wipe away tears and sooth fears. You solve conflicts that would subdue world leaders. You communicate through smiles and hugs; you speak to the children on their level, in their language; seeking to make a connection that will enable each child to grow and prosper. Click on the images and share with your superhero.
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8 April 2019
I have memories of how romantic I thought it was that a handsome man could fall in love with a young deaf woman. I wanted to learn sign language; I wanted to be strong and independent just like Marlee's character. But honestly -- I didn't want to be deaf. Nor did I want to share her frustration and isolation. Little did I know...
For the rest of the story, click here.
Sticks and may break my bones but words...
Will what? Break the spirit or empower? Slam down or raise up?
1 April 2019
Learn more about this beautiful story.
The Man Bringing Hip-Hop to the Deaf
Matt is the hip-hop signing sensation who makes music more accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing. He didn't begin signing until he was 18 years old when he learned so that he could sign along with his favorite hip-hop songs.
See the full story here.
This is personal.
18 March 2019
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Agatha Christie
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What do rewards have to do with motivation?
They are not always as effective as we think.
11 March 2019
From Dan's talk, "Think about your own work. Are the problems that you face, or even the problems we've been talking about here, do they have a clear set of rules, and a single solution? No. The rules are mystifying. The solution, if it exists at all is surprising and not obvious."
See the whole communication here.
Love and Chores. Grades and Scores.
4 March 2019
What do chores have to do with good grades and getting into the "right" college? Let Julie Lythcott-Haims explain in her TED Talk. We push our children, manage their fun, hover, helicopter and then hope that they are happy and well-adjusted in their checklisted childhood.
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A Passionate Advocate for Children
25 February 2019
Joy. Laughter. Play. Learning.
18 February 2019
Takaharu Tezuka walks us through a design process that lets kids be kids.
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Mmmm, Broccoli. Ewwww, Yuck, Crackers.
11 February 2019
"What do babies think? ...it turns out that there's a relationship between how long a childhood a species has and how big their brains are compared to their bodies and how smart and flexible they are."
"What is going on in this baby's mind?"
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Language. Deaf. Connection. Storyteller.
4 February 2019
In this week's Motivation Monday it's this story from PBS News Hour's Brief but Spectacular about Melissa Malzkuhn. Born into a family of gifted storytellers -- all deaf -- she tells her story about how early access to language built her connection to humanity.
She's now the creative director of the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University. From PBS NEWS HOUR.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids."
Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'"
A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch her TED Talk.
You'll also want to know more about The Thirty Million Words Initiative
"We believe that engaging parents and caregivers is a critical missing link. Science has identified parents and caregivers as key contributors to foundational brain development, but most early childhood efforts focus on children rather than the adults in their lives. Parents and caregivers are an untapped resource with the incentive and capacity to make a significant difference." The University of Chicago Center for Early Learning and Public Health
Does learning sign language at an early age enhance the way children communicate? More importantly, does it have an impact on biting?
Compton Children's Academy is the first school to pilot the Emma and Egor sign language curriculum. Learn more here.