Teaching Accomodations

About two years ago I noticed that my students were becoming incredibly soft spoken, especially the timid half-engaged inhabitants out on the Siberian rim of the classroom.

More than once I've had to stride out to Siberia and lean in to hear their softly mumbled question or comment.  I mean what is it with this generation?  Why so many low talkers?

Turns out that I've been operating below the normal hearing range for quite a while. This accounts for all the times I've heard  Kaylie, when a student said her name was Bailey, Haley, or even My Li...   Not to mention the times I've misheard words and phrases and had a puzzled moment thinking 'Wait?  I don't think he really just said what I think he said.'   Case in point: a student told me recently his father was a master baker. 

Egads, that took me a few panicked seconds to decode.

So today's the first day I will be wearing the new hearing aids in class.  Who knows what I'll hear with my new bionic ears?


Anti-Dada said…
Wow, now THAT is fascinating!!! More than anything else I've thought about, the change in sensory perceptive abilities (for better or worse--and believe it or not senses can improve, as I guess you know) affect interpretations of reality. Honestly, there's a LOT of possibilities to mine from this, Professor Q. :-)

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