As an African American woman, I often admire the beautiful natural hairstyles that I have see fashioned.
Today, I was shown photos of a unique African hairstyle. It was simply gorgeous! Guess who created the beautiful hairstyle?
Margaret, my newest Deaf student!
Margaret arrived to my host home to be transported to school, but all schools and businesses are closed today because of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.
Last week was Margaret’s first time in school, she has not learned the days of the week yet. However, with the photos that I saw today, I was given a window into her mind to learn that she is a talented and creative student. With education, who knows what her career path will become? I know for now, she is eager to learn.
What other of our students are talented?
David, who was born deaf is also creative. Look at the detailed car that he made out of old oil drums that he used primitive tools to pound the drum flat to start making his creation of a police car. Look closely to see how he intertwined scrap metal together to make a truck.
In our class last week, I put a phone in his hand to video capture his classmates learning how to take pictures. When he returned the phone to me, he had taken excellent far and close up video shootings of the students signing. This gave me insight with how he was viewing the scenes while his classmates were learning how to use the other phone for photo shooting.
Also, in having David to participate in this activity, I noticed it heighten his sense of environmental cues. In my next few remaining weeks, it will be interesting to see what other talents will arise among our deaf students who are now learning Zambian Sign Language.
If you have talents or skills and would like to have a Zambian experience when our Valley Forge University Intern leads a short-term team here next spring/summer, leave us your comments.
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My desire is to continue making a difference and touch lives by providing two-way communication and Deaf Culture Awareness