I rather think that the title gives it away!
I am 70% deaf and I wear hearing aids. I lipread and I do not know sign language. I also do not know any other deaf people, I have lived in the hearing world all my life and I feel very comfortable here.
I am currently training for my PGCE in primary school.
I know that I am making a mountain out of a molehill but today I was told that the school has some concerns about me in terms of my hearing.
They were very positive and said that my planning and assessment is very good. Their concerns are (and rightly so) that if they left me in the classroom would I hear if there was an emergency? What if I am doing group work, can I work with a group and listen to the rest of the class?
I have explained to them that it is practice and now that I am aware of these things I can train myself to look around more and not focus on one pupil. It is my absolute dream to be a teacher, I don't want to give it up. But, I feel like crawling into my bed and giving up because sometimes I feel like I am fighting to be accepted to no avail.
On the bright side - I was wondering if anyone can think of any strategies that I can use? For example waving a flag if they need help?
I have spoken to the disability services and for the first time in my life - yep - I am going to accept whatever help they give me.
Sorry it is so long. Thank you anyone who answers