University of Edinburgh

Improving Memory Skills in Deaf Young People

Presented on Tuesday 26 January 2010

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 22
Number of Respondents: 20

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

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Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
Currently working with one deaf child who has quite serious memory problems. Definitely have gained inspiration to go back to school and use some of the ideas. Also work with SFL hearing children and these strategies will benefit them too.
In class daily - some things I know but maybe haven't used for a while so it's good to jog the old memory. I hope to use the language shapes from 'tomorrow'. I'd love to visit Boston Spa and see first hand how it's used.
I think I'll be able to use all of the content in my day-to-day practice.
To form literacy targets across curriculum and develop a more 'joined up' approach.
Try to adjust my lesson content to include memory strategies.
To share with other teachers.
I will use as many of the new strategies as possible in my everyday maths/language lessons.
I will try different methods of improving memory skills with 1st and 2nd year pupils in particular.
With pupils.
Use many of the ideas/concepts discussed today as a starting point for my own research into how to improve memory skills. I will also try many of the practical ideas suggested.
Try and incorporate teaching new memory skills and writing skills into students' ESOL (English as second language) classes.
Give more value to repetition and rehearsal to improve the memory of my deaf pupils.
I will pass on information to class teachers and rest of support team. I will use format for visit and make sure there is plenty of repetition rehearsal and reflection.
This will help me with my son to back up what he has been doing at school and homework.
Will use in class to help a deaf pupil who really does not remember!
Will definitely try out ideas and activities that have been spoken about today.
I will use it teaching writing and use some of the activities for memory.

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What was best about the course/event?
Apart from the ideas given, as always, it's great to meet ToD peers.
All very inspiring and as always the 'chat' at breaks/lunch/group meetings is always useful.
Shape coding. (3)
Very good examples of excellent practice that can be implemented.
Practical ideas that will use next week!  It's made me think about how I am teaching.
Getting new ideas, sharing ideas, shared concerns.
Informative, full of ideas to take forward and teaching in the classroom.
Teachers supporting teachers.
Practical strategies and suggestions. Group work - practical activities.
'Improving children's writing' was of particular use to me. I will definitely be trying shape coding with my profoundly deaf pupils.
The ideas, enthusiasm. (2)
Fantastic practical strategies on how to improve writing skills. Good examples and demonstration of practical tasks to use in developing memory skills.
Writing skills. Helping the deaf students with verbs/tenses.
Focus on deaf pupils.
Focus on practical activities and understanding of how to repeat learning in different ways.
All of the info was relevant and can be used straight away.
Networking. Ideas from others (this because of the excellent presentation).
Practical strategies that I can try with pupils. Good ideas. Being inspired to try some of these.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Everything was great!
More details/examples of strategies others use to improve memory eg list of strategies discussed by group collated and given out.

Any other comments regarding the course?
All great.
A wonderful day with useful, practical strategies that can be used by teachers in a variety of settings. Thank you to the two wonderful presenters.
Please send resources from 1st session. (2)
The course was fantastic!
Use of the soundfield system - I have a moderate sensori-neural hearing loss (difficult to hear at times), nevertheless, excellent course and organisation - thank you.
All the practical ideas were ideal for practice.
Good pace. Relaxed atmosphere. Very enjoyable.
Very enjoyable and interesting. Good balance of background information and practical strategies.
Very warm and friendly. Thank you.
It was so well organised!
Information on flyer for course very clear. I felt that I was attending a course that would be of benefit. This has been one of the best courses I have attended.
Really enjoyed, great presentation!

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Easier to find courses.
Difficult to navigate.
Forum for members to chat, ask for advice etc.

How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (8)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (4)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (1)
SSC Newsletter. (2)
Colleague. (2)
SSC Website. (2)
Other: (son's school). (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Possibly the 'spelling' Angela mentioned.
Rehabilitation - bilateral implantation.
Practical ideas for the classroom.
Similar courses on how to improve deaf pupils' learning. 
Improve practice within school.
Any handy hints or techniques which could be shared amongst colleagues.
I would love some courses for communication support workers.
Deaf pupils within the Curriculum for Excellence.
Practical knowledge that can be applied is more useful than courses on 'Research'.

Outcomes Assessment

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your professional knowledge and understanding


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