ASL In The Classroom

The last learning project post…

To summarize what I have learned about ASL, I wanted to figure out how I could apply my new knowledge in my future classroom. During my internship we had a book that taught the signs of the alphabet that students loved to explore. Using this as a foundation, I wanted to see what other resources were out there as well as some benefits of including ASL in the classroom.

I found a few articles that support why ASL should be implemented into the classroom and how to do it:

Benefits of Using ASL in Your Classroom

Teachers Turning to Sign Language to Help with Classroom Management

ASL Classes Beneficial to Both Deaf and Non-Deaf Students

How to Teach… Sign Language

I Have collected a list and pictures of resources that I could also integrate into my classroom:

  • ASL Dominos

  • ASL Uno

Overall ASL is something that I see great benefits in and I will be teacher my future students for sure!

I hope that this helps future educators!

– Ms. S

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Feeling & Requests

Considering the feelings of everyone needs to be made a priority. For this reason, I love how the 100 First Signs taught me feelings and requests.

 

I found an article about using emojis in the classroom, and knew I needed to integrate them into one of my videos. I think they perfectly captured the different feelings.

I would also like to add that It has taken me three days to upload these videos onto this post. I came to visit my family on our farm in Shaunavon, and the internet here is not good at all! I have been so very frustrated, but can finally say that I was successful! I guess I can’t always rely on super fast internet everywhere I go. It also reminded me that sometimes I need to take a step back and slow right down.

– Ms. S

Stay Healthy

Something that is important to absolutely everyone is their health. I think that having ways to communicate with someone that speaks ASL about being hurt, washing their hands, or going to the bathroom is crucial. Everyone deserves the right to be in a safe and healthy environment!

Health

wash, hurt, bathroom, brush teeth, sleep, nice/clean

I have found another app that has allowed me to translate from english to ASL right on my phone.  When I am practicing my finger spelling, I can refer to this app in order to ensure that I am doing it properly. I love how accessible technology makes things!

– Ms. S

Clothes

I am officially half way done learning the 100 Basic Signs. The signs that I learned this week were all about clothes! This is a topic that is a part of our everyday life and the signs where super fun to learn. I found that they were very easy to remember as I could relate them to the articles of clothing I was signing.

Clothes

shirt, pants, socks, shoes, coat, underwear

This week I really struggled with my video editing. I don’t want to admit how long I spent looking for clipart clothing images to insert into my video. I think they add so much, rather than just having the words on the bottom of the screen. Also, does anyone else get their patience tested as they wait for youtube videos to upload?

I think that something that I find very intriguing about learning ASL is the community and culture behind it. The National Association of the Deaf has an article that explains more about this diverse community. There are so many words and labels that are also a part of this community. For the most part people use the terms “deaf,” “hard of hearing,” or “hearing impaired.” The last term is often taken in a negative way, as it speaks to what a person can not do. No matter what, we need to treat people with respect. The simple words we choose have an impact. See people for who they are before their exceptionality.  This video says it all.

“When in doubt, ask the individual how they identify themselves.”

Until next time

– Ms. S

Food and Temperature

This week really brought out my true passion… food.

It is crazy to think that I have learned so much, and I am only 11 minutes into this video! There are still 13 minutes left of learning to do!

Food

pizza, milk, hamburger, hot dog, egg, apple, cheese, drink, spoon, fork, cup, cereal, water, candy, cookie, hungry

Temperature

hot, cold

I definitely know that all of these signs will be useful in the future!

Signing Savy also provides a large list of different foods to learn

These different temperatures can apply to the temperature of food, but they can also be used when talking about weather, or body temperature. I love learning topics that can be used to talk about a variety of things!

A concept that really stood out to me this week is how crucial facial expressions are when speaking ASL. This is something that I am not very good at. I try so hard to remember how to move my hands, that I do not make my facial expressions a priority. “The same exact hand-shape and movement can totally change meaning because of the facial expression that is used to accompany it.” The whole entire body works together to communicate using sign language! This is definitely something that I am going to work on as I make new videos.

How am I doing so far? Are there any other topics I should learn?

– Ms. S

Learning Places & Time

I have continued to learn the 100 First Signs.  This week I have been focusing on places and time. I created 2 videos that show my understanding of these two topics. I am finding it so very difficult to remember all of the words that I have been learning in such a short amount of time. One strategy I have found to be very helpful is to write down the word I am learning and the steps to sign it, or ways to remember it. With this being said, I feel like I have made so much progress!

Places

home, work, school, store, church, come-go, car/drive, in-out, with,

Time

day, night, week, month, year, future, past, today, finished

There are so many different places that people can go. I think it was very beneficial to learn of the main places that I would go, but it is also crucial to learn words that are associated with theses places. Words like come, go, in, out, and with go hand in hand with the places you visit. I am using these words as a foundation and can learn new words as I go to new places.

Time in ASL is much different than time in English. When signing in past tense, you sign “before” and then what you did, “finish” and then what you did, or “the time” and then what you did. When signing in future tense you sign “future” and then what you did. Lastly, in present tense you sign “now” and then what you did. This is completely opposite to what I am used to, and is something that I am going to have to keep in mind throughout this process.

I also found an article that addresses what I was talking about in my last post, about not being perfect. The Top 10 Most Common Mistakes ASL Newbies Make is an article that helped me out so much. It talks about how I need to:

  • Form my letters correctly
  • Ensure that my hands aren’t too floppy or too loose
  • Learn from the right sources
  • Work on handshape, palm orientation, placement, facial expressions and body language
  • Look at myself! 
  • Practice lots
  • Not give up
  • Think in ASL
  • Embrace that I am just learning

Happy signing

– Ms. S

My Family

You are about to meet my family through ASL!

After receiving the resources from my ASL groups, I am now working my way through the 100 Basic Signs. The first section that I am working on is the signs for family!

Family

mom, dad, boy-girl, marriage, brother-sister, grandpa-grandma, aunt-uncle, baby, single, divorced

I wanted to take all of these signs, and apply them to my very own family. Rather than just showing random images, I pulled pictures of my own mom, dad, brother, aunts, uncle, grandma, and grandpa. Doing this made learning these signs much more personal and meaningful. Check out my video! 🙂

As I was searching for ASL resources on Pinterest I also found a visual to help me learn signs for family. As I work through these different topics, I find that having images really helps me understand and grasp all of the different signs.

Credit: Pinterest

I continue to practice these signs, but in watching these videos back it is clear to see that I am definitely not perfect. I tend to have a general idea about what the signs look like, but my hands move in different directs, or fingers are not in the right place. With ASL, I could be conveying across a different message than I intended. At first I was very frustrated. Then I sat back and realized that it is part of the process. I can not just practice a sign once and have it perfect and memorized. I need to take the time to practice in order to get better. A way that I can practice the words in my video, and more, are through resources like flashcards.

I continue to recognize how time consuming it is to edit videos. It seems that there are just so many components to add before it is complete. I have split, cut, added words, added images, and added song over top. I think all of these things are not only enhancing my learning project, but are also challenging how I interact and use technology.

Are there any other family signs that I should learn? Do you have any helpful resources?

Show your family some love this week!

– Ms. S

Learning ASL from Others

Super short post about my progress today!

It was very easy to see, that learning ASL isn’t something that I can do all by myself. For this reason I reached out to others to help me! I found three resources that are going to help me in my journey to learning ASL.

Do you have any people that help you learn ASL?

– Ms. S

Back to Kindergarten!

Hi friends! Today I practiced my colors and numbers!

As each week in this semester goes by, I get caught up in the business of classes and feel like I am getting further and further behind in learning ASL! I am determined to catch up on the posts that I have missed starting with learning my colors and numbers. I think these two concepts are very important and can act as a foundation for my learning!

First, I focused on learning the different colors. This will be super useful when I might need to describe things around me. I began by watching the wonderful ASL THAT! He is alway providing me with very detailed, yet simple videos for learning ASL.

After watching this video and practicing the colors for a while, I created my own video. I struggled so much with the color purple that I had to redo this video at least 8 times, but finally almost got it figured. Overall, I found the colors fairly easy to learn, as long as no one asks me to show them the sign for their purple shirt…

Throughout this process, I have also been adding fun ways to learn ASL to a Pinterest board. I have titled this board Learning ASL and spend so much time scrolling through Pinterest in search of tools that can help me. This is one of the posters that I used to help me learn the colors. 

The next step was finding a video to help me learn my numbers. Who did I turn to? ASL THAT of course! I found a video that goes all the way from 1 to 30, but as soon as I reached 20 I got lost. For this reason I decided to only focus on the numbers 1 to 20.

I practiced and practiced but found it very challenging to show the numbers with the back of my hand facing the person I would be talking to. This is just a movement that I am not used to (see me signing number three in the video for proof). I tried my best, and this is the result!

Throughout this whole process I am very grateful to be working on my ASL, but am also so happy that I have spent a crazy amount of time editing my videos. I have really been testing my patience as I paste 20 numbers one by one into a video. When I was halfway done I started regretting my decision, but was so happy with how they turned out! I now know that if I am not fluent in sign language by the end of the semester , I will at least be an iMovie professional!

Stay positive! 🙂

-Ms. S

Now I know my ABC’s

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.

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-Ms. S