Over the past little while I have been attempting to learn my ABC’s…in ASL
During this experience I keep thinking back to my internship as I taught a group of kindergarten students the alphabet. There were certain moments that I was frustrated by the fact that I worked so hard, but still, some students were not able to recognize certain letters. I then took on the challenge of learning the ASL alphabet. Rather than being in the teacher role, I was in the shoes of my little students. I sat down in front of my computer and watched videos over and over again hoping that my fingers would catch on quickly. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. I found a simple and straight forward video that I used as a foundation to learn the alphabet in ASL.
This video inspired and challenged me to create a video to not only show what I had learned, but to also test my skills in editing videos. Filming the video only took a few tries, but editing felt like it took forever. I wanted to include myself in the video, but also a close up of how my hands were moving and the letters that I was making. I was very proud of how well I did! My fingers got confused a few times, and trailed off the camera as I was signing “P” and “Q”, but asides from this, I was very happy with the outcome!
After completing this video I wanted to apply my knowledge by using another online platform. I discovered an app that had ASL alphabet word searches. The ASL Word Search App allowed me to practice my alphabet when I had any sort of down time. These word searches are taking me forever to find all of the words, but I know that I am going to get better as I go along. Hopefully I will be able to beat my current fastest time of 11 minutes and 37 seconds… maybe.