The first “rule” in every 4th Wall class is be safe. Seemingly easy, this rule can be deceptively difficult to understand. There are many ways to “be safe”: with the way we use our bodies, the way we interact with others, and even with the way we use our words. Let’s unpack the different ways… Read More

I’m not embarrassed to say it: I am a loud person. People usually hear me before they see me. And once, I’m almost proud to say, my professor of American Sign Language, who is deaf, was startled by my laugh.* * Being a teacher and being loud can happily go hand in hand. Often the… Read More

Katie Mann
August 21, 2013

Following in the vein of last weekʼs blog of adjusted success, Iʼd now like to embark on “adjusted discipline.” We, at 4th Wall, train many new people. For one, our staff is growing in leaps and bounds. Secondly, (and probably more of a contributing factor) college aged people like to volunteer with us to get experience… Read More

Katie Mann
August 14, 2013

There is probably a more intellectual term for it, but here at 4th Wall we use the phrase “adjusted success” and it is the heart of everything we do. Like typical children, our students with special needs come in a wide variety of observer (I’ve never like the word “shy”) to big ole hams and… Read More

Katie Mann
August 7, 2013

As a professional choreographer, our industry has a standard method for warming students up. We take turns isolating various parts of our bodies to ʻwarm them upʼ; our heads, shoulders, arms, hips, and legs. Then we might move on to cardio or intense stretching. Working in the field of special needs however, this method isnʼt… Read More

Katie Mann
July 17, 2013

On a recent in-house field trip I had the pleasure of working with a class of deaf, Deaf, and hard of hearing students. It was a good reminder on the difference between Deaf and deaf people: Deaf people (with the capital D) identify with the culture that goes along with being unable to hear. Although… Read More