Archive for March, 2013

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

BitcoDavid from Nominated Hands Talk Too for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award

dragonsloyaltyawardThe beautiful Dragon’s Loyalty award, courtesy of Moorbey’z Blog via

Thankyou to Bitcodavid for this nomination. I enjoy the deafinprison site and the many informational blogs from him and guest bloggers. I learn so much and it allows me to remain updated on what’s going on in a world inside a world (the deaf world inside the hearing world). I wish that my mother was alive so she could enjoy his blog as much as I do. I hope that the deaf community keeps this blog as one of the ways to stay connected with what is going on their world. Thankyou so much for all you share on your site.

Here’s what we have to do:

  • Proudly display the award.
  • Post the win with a link back to Morbey’z Blog, with a fist-salute.
  • List 15 overworked, underpaid and highly deserving blog sites to take up the mantle.
  • Comment back to them, so they too will know that they’ve been nominated.
  • Post 7 interesting things about myself.

My 15 sites:

I would actually like to nominate all the sites on here that share information that makes a difference in the lives of others. There are so many blogs that I look at that have applied to my life at one point or the other. Thankyou to everyone who spends countless hours sharing and updating sites for the benefit of others. You are truly an inspiration to me.

7 interesting things about me:

1. I am addicted to teaching

2. I went to the circus for the first time when I was around 30.

3. I have only been on one cruise in my life so far.

4. As a teenager I was an extra on a after-school tv show

5. I hate rollercoasters.

6.I absolutely love the color brown

7. I love pineapple & grapefruit soda.

What is the Liebster Blog Award?

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite”. This award is the “favorite blog award” then.

Thank to learnitalianwithlucrezia for nominating me for this award. Take a look at her blog to learn a new language (Italian) and she is also learning sign language  I am soooo appreciative she thought of me.  Sometimes I wonder about what I post if it will make a difference to someone. I always post what is from the heart and pray that enlightens at least one person or sometimes even myself.

expatsincebirth nominated learnitalianwithlucrezia and the questions below are what she should answer and I will answer them here on my page.

So, she set some rules to follow for all the nominees :)  Here they are:

I have to answer to 11 questions and tell 11 facts about myself.

Let’s start with the questions :)

1. What are your 5 favourite books? Dr.Suess “Oh the places we will go”, Anne Rice-Sleeping beauty series, Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”, Zane “all of her books”, The Bible

2. Where would you like to live? In the middle of a field of flowers if I could but where I live now is just fine.

3. Winter or summer? Summer

4. Do you enjoy blogging? Yes, I do.

5. If you could change something in your blog, what would this be? Not sure what i would change but if I did

6. What do you despise? Attitude, Laziness, condescending people

7. If you could spend half a day with a famous person, who would you choose and why? I am not sure as famous people are not my thing, but if I had to choose it would be a person who has made a positive difference in the world, that has a wealth of knowledge and sought to change others lives like MLK, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Gandhi and others of that caliber.

8. What do you do to relax? sit in silence, no music, no tv, no people just me and silence.

9. Homemade or store-bought? Homemade or store-bought or the best of both worlds “semi-homemade” as Sandra Lee would say.

10. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? I would take more risks and step out on faith and not routine.

11. What language would you like to learn and why? I would like to learn a better command of English at times but as simple as it sounds I wish I could speak Spanish.

11 facts about me!

1- My favorite color is brown (borderline obsessed with brown)

2- I have an obsession with cleaning

3- I love using coupons!!!!!!!!

4- I am married with three children

5- I love to eat chocolate covered strawberries

6- I would love to go to Australia

7- I have a business

8- I have cockapoo who I love

9- I don’t like mayo

10- Sometimes I can be too hard on myself

11- Everyday I try to do something different from who I am (the goal is to love out loud)

11 bloggers I nominate





11 questions to the nominees!

1- What’s your favourite movie? Love Jones or Braham Strokes Dracula

2- What’s your favourite food? chocolate covered strawberries

3- What is the best place you have ever been to? My home because it is where my family is

4- Why have you decided to start a blog? Something different

5- Do you have a YouTube channel? Somewhat???

6- What languages do you speak? English & American Sign  Language

7- Do you have siblings? Yes

8- Cats or dogs? Dogs

9- Sweet or salted? A mixture of both isn’t bad

10- Blackberry or iPhone? Iphone

11- Write your favourite quote. “Fall seven times stand up eight”

My 11 Questions to nominees

1. When the world around you is hectic what do you do to keep sane?

2. What is your favorite quote?

3. What is your life philosophy?

4. What makes you smile?

5. If you can make a difference in the world what would it be?

6. What do you like most about yourself?

7. If you were given a blank check without a money limit how would you use it?

8. Favorite color and why?

9. What is your favorite pastime?

10. What is your favorite ASL idiom or phrase?

Now that it has happened..what did you think about the Switched at Birth Sign Language Episode?

This video shared why they decided to produce this episode.
It is fabulous that they did this and it reminded me of what my life was like in a deaf household….sign..sign..sign:)

What are your thoughts?

Video provided through Ohlone College Deaf Studies Division

How do you Treat Deaf People with Psychological Disorders?.



This is a great piece about treating deaf people with psychological disorders. I formerly worked for Department of Social Services and one of the most difficult aspects of providing mental health services to the deaf community is the inability to find providers who can use direct communication in sign language and the lack of cultural awareness to meet the needs of deaf patients. All sessions normally include the provider, patient and sign language interpreter. Sometimes along the way information can be changed because of vocabulary, concept or expression. There have also been instances where a mental health provider does not understand the function of a sign language interpreter or cannot understand how confidentiality clauses work with using an interpreter. There are very few mental health providers that are fluent in sign language and are very uncommon which makes them difficult to locate. It would be great like this author said if providers who have a large number of deaf patients learn information about deaf culture and sign language to better treat their patients. What would be fabulous is if more people became mental health providers that are fluent in sign. I encourage my students to not only focus on interpreting as a career choice but to be fluent signers who become speech pathologists, doctors/nurses, social workers, mental health counselors/psychologists or whatever their desire but always consider how they can incorporate ASL into their field or consider  a field where there is a need in the deaf community.

Thankyou Philippa Berry author of IL SE INTERIOR-THE INNER SELF blog for a great post

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No matter where I go I always notice anything connected to ASL or to the deaf community or the lack there of.

The good I notice is I attended the Career in Education Conference and stayed at the Residence Inn hotel and on my way to my meeting I noticed that one of the doors had this button and two signs next to it (picture on the right). I thought, my goodness is this for Deaf visitors where the lights flash inside the room to let the patron know someone is at the door. How awesome, that the hotel has deaf-friendly rooms. It is also good to know what the process is to finding out if hotels have this option for rooms and how staff routinely lets deaf patrons know this is available to them.

More good, the first picture is HUGE 3-dimensional artwork with all the manual letters of the alphabet. The artwork is located at the Sacramento COnvention Center. I noticed it as I was going up the stairs and could see it from the second floor because it is sooo huge. I also enjoyed its presence as I went down the escalator. I had my friend go back up and stall the line for the escalator just so we could take a picture.

The one thing I noticed that was missing from my Sacramento trip and directly connected to the Careers in Educator conference is I did not see any Deaf/Hard of Hearing educators or interpreters. The conference had over 2500 educators or people involved in education, it had wonderful keynote and guest speakers and I kept wondering who is interpreting this or are there deaf attendees in front of the conference. I looked and  never saw any, I also asked but no-one knew. I think they should consider reaching out and connecting to underrepresented populations in education. I mentioned it and they suggested I complete the conference feedback survey and note this information. We will see what happens next year. If anyone attended this conference leave me feedback about how it was no matter if you are deaf, hoh or teach deaf children.

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During a trip to Sacramento, CA I visited the Capitol building and as I walked through the hallway I noticed artwork by students ranging from elementary to high school. One artwork category I noticed is “The Best Part of Me”. Students shared how they thought their hair, eyes or smile was the best part of them however; one student in particular said his ear was the best part of him because it allowed him to hear. Sometimes I think our world focuses so much on deaf vs.hearing, culturally deaf vs. medically deaf, signing vs. oral but the important thing is being proud of who you are. This artwork posting reminded me of what is important..just being yourself.

I am happy this little guy is proud of his hearing and his hearing aid. If he ever read this I would say kudos for sharing this with everyone and being proud of yourself and know that you are wonderfully made!

I absolutely love when I find a good video on YouTube to watch! Especially when I need to practice my receptive practice and the best way to do that is by signing with the Deaf community but when time does not allow that the second best way is by watching videos of native signers.Sometimes when I can’t connect with fellow educators, fluent signers or with members of the Deaf community I watch videos to retain my skills as best as I Videos of native signers can be from YouTube, resources suggested by RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf), EIPA(Educational Interpreters Performance Assessment) or videos found on material websites such as or

I found this video on YouTube while looking for idiom videos both English and ASL to teach my students about how English Idioms are used in sign language. I also taught them the common phrases and idioms specific to the deaf community. Teaching Idioms is a lengthy process as students need to understand the definition for the term idioms and then how they are used in the English language. After that we then learn the same information for ASL idioms. At the very end of all that this a great video to show students of idioms at work…maybe a bit much for beginning students but a good video for fluent signers. If you have other suggestions please share.

Until my next post, be encouraged:)

asl activitiesAmerican Sign Language is such a beautiful and fun language to learn but sometimes the routine of  teaching students about  grammar and phrases specific to the deaf community can be a bit dry. In classrooms we tend to follow routines so much we fall into a cycle and forget learning should be creative,interactive and fun (not always) but as much as possible. To do this, it is important to think outside of the box when teaching new information. So, I would like to share some of the games and ideas I use in the classroom. Also, the book in the picture is a great resource to use with a signing group or in a class. It has a little bit of everything that can be used to teach new topics, review topics, focus on fingerspelling, or numbers. When you have time check it out.

1. Sign Bingo: You can do this several ways: print out a bingo handout or make one or have students fold their papers into fours where it will give them four in a row or four down or four across. Then have students write in the current vocabulary you are learning without a free space or you can use one if you like but I like for students to review as many signs as you can. The teacher can sign the words to the students but I prefer to have students sign the words to get involved. Once a student has four in a row they must hit their desk and fingerspell BINGO to win! For winners I usually have a test pass as a reward that they can use to receive full points for a test and not have to take the test at all. Students are crazy-for that!

This is another game that students give great feedback on.

2. I create flashcards using current and previous vocabulary words. Afterwards, students forms teams of five to six. Next, they line up in rows in front of the teacher. I show each student a flash card and they have 30 seconds or less depending on how good they are signing the vocabulary word to win a point for their team. The student at the beginning of the line tries first when finished they move to the end of the line and the next person moves forward for their turn, the students moves in a cycle. If they answer incorrectly they do not receive a point for the team.  I do not allow them to ask for lifelines(help) but this game can be altered to play in any manner, if you do please share your new ideas with me:) The game makes a great review activity.

I play several games in my classroom and am always looking for new ones. One of my greatest sources are games for ESL learners. This selection of games, practice conversations and learning activities/handouts lend themselves well to ASL learning. Try it and let me know how it works out.

If you are interested in additional activities please leave a message.

Until then play, sign and be merry!