Through the years, I have watched teachers teaching in a box. As they taught, they paid no attention to the deaf. They taught their materials without any regard to the students’ understanding. It was as if they were teaching inside a box, without any contact outside the box. The students learned little or nothing because they did not understand. Give attention to the students while teaching, and react and respond till they understand. Guidelines:
1. Watch the deaf. Sometimes, they will stop you and ask questions. Answer the questions! I saw one teacher teaching about “miracles.” The deaf asked her many times, what “miracles” mean? She ignored them and continued. I finally stopped her and made her answer the question.
2. Watch their faces and eyes. Facial expressions and eye reactions often tell you quickly when they do not understand. If their faces are puzzled, stop and explain more until they understand.
3. Ask questions during and after lessons. Ask “Who first man?” “Who first woman?” Their answers (or lack of answers) will help you know what to explain to them.
4. Use 1,2,3. The best way to review is to use a remember # list system. (#1. God made world. #2. Adam and Eve. #3. Sin. #4 Eden.) This is a proven method and it has greatly increased the understanding level of our students. Example: We write 9 things to review and remember about the lesson. Then we ask, “Remember # 9.” or “What number 7?” The deaf do great. The other day I reviewed the minor prophets with the remember 9 system. They remembered most of it perfectly. Do not teach in a box. Learn to listen to the deaf and respond to their questions and lack of understanding. Help them to “better” understand!