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“Every Day is a New Day” – Update on my #Learning Project

Another week has gone by and I have officially learned the days of the week and the months of the year. I started off by learning how to sign my name, then the alphabet, and then number 1-20. Last week I decided that it was time to learn the days of the week and the months of the year.

I found that once I wanted to become more advanced the apps that I was previously using to learn the basics (the alphabet and numbers 1-20) just weren’t helpful anymore. I needed to switch to more useful resources such as YouTube. When searching how to sign the days of the week I came across the video, “ASL Days of the Week and Song.” The nice thing about this video is that it is easy to understand and there is a clear explanation of which way your hand is to be positioned and what position your hand should be in.

Learning the days of the week I found easy. I have already mastered the alphabet so the days of the week wasn’t hard for me. See video below for my progress. Although, learning the months of the year was very difficult for me. On YouTube I found the video, “How to Sign Months & January-December – Learn American Sign Language ASL.”  The lady in this video knows how to sign and very well. I chose this video because the first run through shows how fluid you should be able to sign and the second run through slows it down so I am able to get the signing down. See the video below for my progress.

This week has been a battle learning the months of the year, but practice will make perfect. Next week I am going to learn my colours and shapes. I want to find other resources to use online rather than just YouTube videos. I want to do some searching and see what I come up with.

I’ll see you all next week!

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“ABC it’s Easy as 1-2-3” – First Update for My #LearningProject

Good afternoon everyone!

Well, here we are! Last week I decided on what I was going to do for my #LearningProject, which lead me to begin learning ASL (American Sign Language). I had already made progress last week by learning basic phrases such as how to introduce myself, and communicate how I was doing. This week I wanted to become fluid with my alphabet gestures and attempt to tackle numbers from 1-20. I must say, practice makes perfect and its not as easy as it seems.

To learn the alphabet, and numbers 1-10 I have been using apps  from the App Store such as “ASL”, “SignSchool”, but mostly “The ASL App.” These apps give me pictures and videos to help me see what each letter or number looks like. On the app “The ASL App” I am able to slow down each gesture by clicking on the turtle. This helps me grasp the concept then be able to become more fluid by following the instructor. In order to learn numbers 11-20 I looked to other resources such as YouTube and found a video called, “ASL Numbers 11-20 in Sign Language – Learn how to Sign Numbers.” This video gives you the gestures in which your hand is supposed to be placed then gives you the chance to repeat to make sure you have the gesture down.

This video shows my progress..

As you can see I am still working on becoming faster and being able to transition between each letter and number. I have realized that signing takes time and there are a lot of things to be conscious of while signing. For example, the hand that you are not signing with has to be in a certain position and the way your hand you are signing with has to be facing, either palm out or back of hand out. This can change the context in which you are speaking. I want to continue learning the basics, so next week I plan to learn the days of the week, the months of the year, and possibly colours.

Wish me luck! (:

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“My Eye is My Ear. My Hand is My Mouth” – Day One of #Learning Project

For my semester long #LearningProject I have decided to learn American Sign Language (ASL). This semester is about learning and building toward a growth mindset. I wanted to be able to put myself into someone else’s shoes and learn the challenges that arise through learning sign language. I have wanted to learn ASL for quit some time now but coming near the end of my degree I decided what better time than now. I understand there is often a gap between the several different dialects when it comes to teaching in an English Languages Arts (ELA) classroom. I wanted to begin closing that gap and help give students who are deaf the chance to have a voice.

Throughout this past week I began learning the alphabet through several apps that I have downloaded on my mobile phone. After I felt comfortable with the alphabet I moved on to learning a few basic gestures such as “Hello”, “What’s your name?”, “My name is…”, “How are you?”, and “I’m fine.” Although, I still struggle for the gestures to seem fluid.

In the video above, I have signed, “Hello, my name is Rebecca. What’s your name?” I felt like this was a great way to introduce my #LearningProject journey and allow everyone to see the skills I have obtained so far. By the end of the semester I want to be able to have a full, in-depth conversation with another person who signs. I will use mobile apps, YouTube, online articles, and websites to achieve this goal.

I’m excited to see my #LearningProject journey unfold!