I put myself in a class/workshop which started tonight. I signed up last week and emailed them back to please have the teacher get in touch with me as I’m hard of hearing. I may need a ‘system’ in place. I guess they don’t check their email. I went early hoping to meet the teacher before anyone else and I did. I told her about my FM system and I may need her to wear it or keep it near her. She was very agreeable and easy-going. I relaxed.
Inside the classroom I sat right by her as is my habit. I turned on my FM system… and turned it right back off. It was held in a local high school classroom and some sort of special event was going on. I could hear some of that and more with my FM system on. I told her never mind I thought I would get along better without it.
It was a small enough setting that I heard much of what was said. We sat in a circle so could face whoever was talking. As long as I watched lips I heard fine. The minute my mind wandered I lost all words. The key word is focus. I get mini-breaks while we write so my ears and brain get a little rest.
For too long I let that one bad teacher rule my thoughts on going back to school. After this class I will feel less reluctant. This class does two things for me; it gets me writing again and it gets me used to the classroom. The future opens up again.