Deaf and hard of hearing students are often placed in mainstream educational settings in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Many of these students succeed in what's considered the Least Restrictive Environment of the mainstream. Or do they? Madness in the Mainstream is a rare account of what goes on behind the scenes. Deaf author Mark Drolsbaugh pulls no punches as he reveals the consequences of life in the mainstream for deaf and hard of hearing students.
"I sat in meeting after meeting listening to Max's teachers say 'What a joy it is to have Max in my class.' They talked about this little boy always smiling and a delight to teach. Two years later these same teachers said we can't educate Max. Then the District wanted to toss Max aside after wasting two years of his education with no real plan. I should have known there was something wrong when Max said to one of his teachers 'I don't want to come here anymore. Nobody likes me. I have no friends.' Alienated and pushed aside from the moment Max entered the District it was heartbreaking to watch and wonder what was to become of Max. Fear overcame me; scared Max would be forever lost in an educational system unable to teach him. It became my life's mission to fix the wrong that was done to Max. I was plunged into the fight of my life against a cutthroat District more focused on penny-pinching than educating. Never was I more afraid of failure, knowing Max's education was on the line and even more disheartening was the knowledge that if I lose my son pays the ultimate price."--Back cover
No Limits is designed as a textbook for use in programs preparing teachers to meet the educational needs of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The information will also benefit practicing teachers and other professionals in the field of deaf education. Applicable for educators of the deaf at all grade levels, this resource examines an array of teaching skills, including enhancing comprehensible communication, selecting instructional models, teaching learning strategies, and increasing student motivation.
Discussing cases and solutions to real problems encountered by teachers places pre-service teachers in an authentic teacher role, not only are they expected to state what they would do but also why. This casebook consists of five chapters: Communication Issues, Literacy Instruction, Content Instruction, Learner Differences, and Educational Planning. Each chapter has three case studies which reflect issues involved in teaching students who are deaf. The cases represent situations relevant to prospective teachers in grades K-12. The specific scenarios are drawn from direct experiences as a classroom teacher, observations of in-service teachers (as a consultant and curriculum specialist), and observations of pre-service teachers (as a teacher educator). Each case contains a scenario, reflection questions and extension activities.
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