I was reading this thread Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ this morning on our AN family forum.http://anausa.org/forum/index.php?topic=3491.msg37589#msg37589
Could not stop thinking about it Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ all day (consequently I have accomplished very little of my domestic chores here at home)
Reading WindsongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s post really hit home with me- as she too was a high school teacher (her last town she taught in was the first town I taught in) Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and her input into this discussion (I am hoping to generate here) will be greatly missed (as I know she is.) I never met Windsong Ã¢â‚¬â€œ however she did reply to one of my posts before surgeryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and I would have liked to have known her.
I know that many of the wonderful people I have come to know through this forum Ã¢â‚¬â€œ have actually turned out to be educators.
Lorenzo and I have already shared some teaching resources (one talented photographer is that man!)...
In Canada classroom noise
has had quite a bit of media attention lately. (I have pasted some links below for you all to read if you are interested) My first buddy I contacted through this forum was teacher Ã¢â‚¬Å“MargÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and she was someone I called just after my surgery. (BTW- thanks Marg!) In reading some of her recent posts, particularly about trying to cope in the classroom aspect and at the school bus loading zone, this autumn (months after her spring surgery), - I feel prompted to bring up a new thread hereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ specifically on Ã¢â‚¬Å“classroom noise
Ã¢â‚¬?. Patti (whose post I pasted above) appears to be the same age as me (i.e. midlife Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we are not having a Ã¢â‚¬Å“midlife crises
Ã¢â‚¬? here we are having a Ã¢â‚¬Å“midlife journey
I too am trying to figure out, Ã¢â‚¬Å“what the heck I am going to do for my next career move in the field education?Ã¢â‚¬?
It is amazing to me that people here in the USA are not being recognized as Ã¢â‚¬Å“disabledÃ¢â‚¬? once they loose hearing on the one side. (Particularly educators!) Ã¢â‚¬Å“I need to go back into a noisy classroom
like I need a hole-in-the-head!Ã¢â‚¬? (Sorry little craniotomy joke there LOL)
Maybe the ANA needs to take on a federal battle here to enlighten the American voterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ (and physicians who tell patients that losing hearing in one ear is no big deal)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ that this really needs to be reconsidered. Some have to retrain their vocation Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Maybe us educators have a calling to educate the public not just about Ã¢â‚¬Å“Acoustic NeuromaÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but about Ã¢â‚¬Å“classroom noise
Ã¢â‚¬? (The calling bell goes beyond that ringing in our ears- do you think?)
I am hoping that my new AN buddy Ã¢â‚¬Å“JeffÃ¢â‚¬? (lost hearing in both ears) might, too, be inspired to write on this thread. He has the most inspirational story to write about his Ã¢â‚¬Å“vocational rehabilitationÃ¢â‚¬? (but that is for him to share Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not me) as he has certainly inspired me to think of going back-to-school as an adult.
Below are some articles that came to my attention. My dad used to teach educational technology at a University Ã¢â‚¬â€œ he and his partner were the ones to recently bring it up, to me, re all the recent media hoop-ha going on in Canada about Ã¢â‚¬Å“classroom noise
I am hoping not just us teacherly AN patients are going to read this thread ...but some bright young university research students or highly charged-up professors (and researchers) might get wind of this. Perhaps they can start looking to see if there is a definitive connection between Ã¢â‚¬Å“classroom noise
Ã¢â‚¬? and acoustic neuroma. Asking on the ANA survey how many AN patients were subjected to this in their profession would be very interesting Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to see the result there ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ This might be our starting pointÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
P.S. Happy reading!
University of Victoria Canadahttp://communications.uvic.ca/edge/uvatt.html
Victoria Times Columnist article Canadahttp://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=fc72a9ed-2919-4e8b-a94f-fbb4569e629a
Australian study on classroom noisehttp://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ766615&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=eric_accno&accno=EJ766615
University of British Columbia public affairshttp://www.cher.ubc.ca/News/MediaReleases/ClassTalk28-1-04.aspNoisy classrooms
Hearing loss in teachershttp://www.hear-it.org/
Acoustic Neuroma and teachershttp://time.blogs.com/daily_rx/2006/01/can_noise_trigg.html
American teacher resourcehttp://www.aasep.org/professional-resources/exceptionalstudents/hearingimpairments/index.html