I thought that since the last couple of posts talked about huge egos aned what makes me lose respect for you as a teacher that I would end this little series (if you want to call it that) by telling you some of the amazing things that my teachers and professors have done for me.
Let’s start with Ms. Biology professor with the huge ego since I seem to pick on her a lot.
In spite of me doing so she did do some pretty amazing things for me and future blind and visually impaired students who may have to take biology someday.
To start with she took my suggestions on how to make the labs better. Remember those lab critiques that I posted here? That wasn’t for you guys. I arriginally made them for her to help her understand what I needed for that class. After talking to her about it she allowed me to put them on here as long as I didn’t use her name in them. I agreed, and that’s how they ended up here.
I like when teachers come up to their students who are blind or visually impaired and ask for advice or suggestions on certain things. It makes me feel good especially when I know the answer, or have a good idea for something that might work.
Towards the end of the semester she asked me about screen readers (text to speech programs) because they were thinking about getting one for the biology department’s computer lab. I suggested NVDA instead of Jaws because 1. it costs less. and 2 it’s better for most things then jaws. She agreed, but I have no idea if she’s looked into it yet. 🙂
I’m glad I could help her in that way, I just wish we could have talked about the note taker situation like adults. Even though I wasn’t supposed to know about it. I’m also glad that her and the rest of the Biology department worked with me, took my suggestions, and implimented them. Even though I had been their first blind student and they weren’t prepaired for me. At least when another one comes along they will be more prepaired for them then they were for me. 🙂
When I was in second grade I had this teacher who was very nice to me. She included me in things, let me draw on the chalkboard (even though I couldn’t draw) during five- minute breaks as she called them. I got to participate a little bit in the classroom as far as I can remember (I don’t really remember much from my early elementary years) (Elementary is also called Gramar school) Anyway, when I got to fourth grade she showed up to the classroom one day with a present for me. It turned out to be a talking watch. My first talking watch. It turns out that she found it in a magazine full of toys. Thank you second grade teacher who shal not be named. I’ve never forgotten your gift to me. 🙂
Out of all the years that I was in school the ones that stick out to me the most are my middle school and high school years. These years were when the teachers really took an interest in me and began trying to help me succeed. First let’s start with middle school also known as junior high. There are four teachers who stick out here the most. The first is the woman who became my vision impaired teacher (teacher who teaches blind or visually impaired people) She was my special education teacher (I have a learning disability in math) Even when she wasn’t the one teaching me she was the one who worked with others to come up with ideas and suggestions that may or may not help me. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t work as well as intended. Thank you for being my Vision impaired teacher, and thank you for tutoring me in math when I needed it. 🙂
The second was my seventh and eighth grade english teacher. She was observant, funny, and if a student could have teachers as friends she’s one of the best. Thanks for being you. 🙂
The third one was my seventh and eighth grade math teacher. I liked him because he watched my aid work with me on math, and when she was having trouble explaining something to me he explained it in a different way so that I could understand it. He also showed the substitute how to work with me when my aid wasn’t there. Thanks for being observant. You may have thought I didn’t notice, but I did. And I apreciated every minute of it. Thanks for not making me feel dumb when I got an answer wrong. 🙂
The fourth was my eighth grade history teacher. When I asked if she could explain a picture she did it in a way that allowed me to get a picture of it in my head. Thanks for making history fun. 🙂 She also changed the air freshner in her room back to what it had been in the beginning of the year just because I said that it was one of the ways that I used to find her room. Thank you for that as well.
There’s only one high school teacher who sticks out in my mind. I won’t give her name, but she read one of my books and encouraged me to get it published. I’ve never forgotten that, so now I’m kind of looking into self publishing. We’ll see how this goes. Thanks for the encouragement, and you should feel special I remember you for a completely different reason then most of the others. Granted you helped me, but not in a sclassroom “she needs help” sort of way. Thanks for all the help with all the college stuff too. 🙂
I have a lot of professors who’ve helped me in different ways, allowing me to turn in assignments even though they’re late, resending me lost assignments ETC, and making sure I have everything I need for their class. To them I want to say thank you.
There has been two professors who have really stuck out in my mind so far, but for two completely different reasons. One was the professor whom I wrote about in a previous blog who told me who he was, and made the class do it too. Thanks for that professor. I really appreciate it. 🙂 The second was the professor that I had for Government. You taught me a lot sir. Not only that, but you made the class interesting. And I’m glad you described things in detail, so that I could get a clear picture. 🙂
None of you had to do what you did for me, and for that I think all of you from the bottom of my heart. I can’t say it enough, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. It’s been in my head for a while, so today I decided to write it out. 🙂
Thank you all very much for reading it. 🙂