Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark presented ‘It's All In Their Hands - Supporting Signing Deaf Children to Read’ at VDEI on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August.
The workshop drew on contemporary research, used footage of deaf children reading to demonstrate strategies signing children use when they read and explored how teachers can exploit sign language to make connections between Auslan and English.
Michelle Baker has been working as a teacher of the deaf for nearly twenty years. In 2005 she received the Queensland Premier's Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work in Sign Bilingualism. For the last five years, Michelle has been involved in the production and delivery of training around Sign Bilingual education for staff working with deaf children. Michelle's postgraduate studies, and the focus of much of the training she has developed, centres around the pedagogical use of sign language in the classroom and how this impacts English literacy development for deaf students.
Michelle Stark is a qualified teacher of the deaf and professional sign language interpreter. She has worked with deaf children at all ages of schooling from the early years right through to the tertiary level. For the last two years she has been involved in the development and delivery of training around literacy and deaf children. Michelle's research at the post graduate level has included work around sign language linguistics and she is currently working towards a PhD focusing on the use of sign language in the classroom.