Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage

Looking for a new crutch

I just had my one crutch in class taken away from me tonight...again. So remember how I was saying that my disability makes it difficult for me recognize or remember faces? I mean I can literally be introduced to some one and five minutes later if I see them again, I'll have no idea that I just met them. Well this would naturally be a problem when you're teaching classes like I do and need to be able to recognize your students. So I rely on the girls' hairstyles to tell them apart. Eventually I learn some of their faces, but many I never learn and just count on their hair to tell them apart.

Well tonight was the first day of the new session and in walks a total of 4 Asian girls (out of the 6 students in this particular class). This is the second time this has happened! The problem? Most Asian girls have the exact same hair color and hair texture...making it impossible for me to use their hair as a way to circumvent my disability.

It actually IS possible for me to learn some one's face after some prolonged exposure. But once a week for 6-weeks is not usually long enough. Sometimes even on the 6th week, I have no idea who my students are when they walk in the door. Fortunately I can still call them all by name thanks to the hairstyles and the notes that I make and review before each class. But this time the notes may not be so helpful, because the hair is the same on so many of them.

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