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Class is now going. I think now that I'm getting going this will help me. Walking around on campus was good for both me and Loretta. Just re-experiencing her joy at working was energizing to me, and I think she feeds off my sense of purpose.

I walked over and got coffee, milk, and muffins for breakfast. I'll have to watch my muffin consumption, but today was a good day to get muffins. They even had chocolate-chocolate chip ones.

Last night was a difficult sleep night. I tried reading some for one of my classes. It didn't go well. The passage uses ultra-long sentences; and by the time I get finished with the sentence, I forget what was at the beginning. There are quizzes in this class... So instead of reading, I worked on something else, which is going to prove to be a very interesting project. This class also involved working with maps. For the sighted students, this means marking maps. For me, it means finding a way to communicate meaningfully about my understanding of braille maps. I am working with a set of maps that comes from the Princeton Braillists. It's a really nice set and reasonably easy for me to work with. However, I think it is going to be time-consuming for me to locate things; and I haven't yet figured out how to do something meaningful with my map work. I could sit in the professor's office and point to things, and that would satisfy the basic requirementns; but I'm not sure that simply showing that I can find things on a map is the wholel point of the assignment. When we talked, it seemed quite obvious that it was important for me to be able to communicate about what is on maps. If I am headed for any kind of teaching ministry, this matters as well. So last night, I picked out all the locations for the first assignment--they are located on four separate braille pages--and made notes about which pages to look on. Later this week, I'll work on how to communicate this stuff.

No pain today. I'm amazed since I slept so poorly. Every time I tried to sleep, something woke me up: my cats, my dog, something outside, etc. I think I fell asleep for good around 2:30. Somehow, 3.5 hours of sleep is doing for 7. School must have some amazing effect on me.


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Sep. 4th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yay you too are dealing with grad school again. Isn't it crazy sometimes?
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
grad school craziness
I think I thrive on craziness sometimes. Now that I am at home, pain is back. Blah!
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Graduate Expectations
Hey there Girl! You might not know this, but you are really helping me get into this thing called grad school! It is, much different from undergrad and you tips and organizational habits are a real help! In lots of ways, you are really on your own. I got only one book from RFB and D. They are supposed to be converrting them all to e-text on campus and it is the second week for me. I have already had to scan and read an entire text! Yahoo! So, thanks and take care of yourself. Oh, for the first time today it really felt like Eden and I really gelled! She, like Miss Loretta, perfers to work and does her best when there's a purpose for going somewhere. Danie
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Graduate Expectations
Hey, glad things are picking up with Eden! I'll be posting an update on the day shortly. It was a good day here! I really really needed to be getting back into the school routine! [hugs] Hey, email me your number... I can't find where I wrote it down.
Sep. 4th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Braille Maps
I know we haven't met before. My name is Jedi, and I'm into Orientation and Mobility. so, I thought that perhaps I could be of use to you in your difficulties with maps.

Before I can really help out though, I need to know what the maps are of, and what exactly the assignment requires.

In general, the trick with tactile graphics of any kind is to keep your orientation in much the same way you would when tactually exploring any other item. Don't try to put it into terms you think a sighted person might understand because it'll just happen naturally as you explain what you're looking at. If you have to describe the geography of some place, just describe it like you're giving someone directions; use landmarks that are visible to all of the senses like mountains or large bodies of water, that kind of thing. Pay close attention to the legend listed on the map. The rest just takes loads of practice.

I hope that helps.

Sep. 5th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: Braille Maps
I am actually quite skilled with maps. The difficulty is not with me reading the maps but with finding a way to communicate my learning with the professor. We talked about this today, however. I'll post an update tomorrow.
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