Tag Archive: Culture


As I prepare for the upcoming Fall semester, I am always looking for new and interesting videos, activities and lessons to add to my curriculum. Finally, after hours of searching I found some great videos that I can share with students that will peak their interest for the different facets and beauty of Sign Language.

Take a look at the videos, share your thoughts and share videos you  may know of that bring light to ASL that help students connect with the language and develop a zest for it!

Enjoy:)

 

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Deaf In Prison

I watched the #Deaf In Prison video from You Tube and I must say I feel dismal  but not surprised..which is unfortunate. You would expect that all citizens have a right to be treated fairly and their basic needs being met such as love, nourishment, clothing( if you desire), shelter and communication. Of course our basic needs over time have grown to a laundry list of items that may or may not be a need but more of a personal desire. However, the items I listed above are common to any individual in the human race.

When thinking of the Deaf community and their basic needs-communication, equal access and civil rights are key to their abilities to thrive in a hearing dominated society. When deaf individuals are deprived of these necessities they are set-up for an uphill battle one that cannot possibly be won.

The documentary clip Deaf In Prison shares experiences that deaf prisoners are facing that are all too common place and should not be. I understand people are responsible for their actions and must face the consequences but in that they remain human beings and require their basic rights while repaying their debt to society.

 

 

Hands Talk Too is all about resources! Here are some deaf news sites to take a look at.

These are independent news reports that shares headlines and deaf related news with the deaf and hard of hearing community. Take a look and sign to receive subscriptions!

 

Click on each name to check out the websites:

Deaf Weekly News

Deaf News

Deaf Newspaper LLC

Deaf News Todaynews

This video talks about the experiences of deaf individuals during a emergency situation and the lack of preparation of emergency services and technology for deaf community. The speakers share their concerns and the immediate needs for services for emergency situations.

Good insight on what it is like to be deaf. It reminded me of  some of my experiences as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) with a deaf parent and siblings. So often, as hearing people we take things for granted (our hearing) and the small things we do not think twice about a deaf person has to think four times about. I am sooo appreciative that I was raised in a deaf household! This experience has taught me to not take life for granted and the small or big things that come along with it. My childhood gives me the motivation to get involved; to advocate and educate others on deafness and disabilities. All I can say is thankyou mom and brothers because of your lives, your struggles, your visions….I am. (I am a CODA, I am an advocate, I am passionate, I am bilingual, I am blessed, I am empathetic, I am loved, I am empowered….I am)

Nederlands: Monogram van studentenclub Carpe Diem

Nederlands: Monogram van studentenclub Carpe Diem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carpe Diem

 The enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future

To “seize the day” and/or a certain moment in time.

To put aside all differences, all fears, all worries, and just go for it.

To make the most out of that part of time

Live your life to the full

Be spontaneous

Go for it

Last night was the ASL showcase for my program. Both the students and I have been working persistently to produce a worthy showcase for parents, fellow students/teachers and (drum roll) our primary focus the Deaf community. Well, the show seemed to be a success (grin from ear to ear)!!! There was an overwhelming vibe of positivity, support and well wishing from the audience. At the end of the performance encouraging feedback and future commitments were shared with both students and I. From the moment we began the show to the moment we turned lights off we seized the moments. I put my hands in the air and waved them like I just didn’t care and enjoyed the energy from the crowd and my students. I almost felt like a rock star and so did they.My students had to stop me several times to remind me to do a quick dance, or shake off the stress or to look at what we had accomplished as I ran in circles at the event make sure all needs were meet (even though I had a great team taking care of everything, I could not let go).  Finally I stopped and joined the festivities. Last night, the lesson learned is the importance  of seizing the day….there is not one minute, hour, moment or day that can be returned. I know there are so many phases or clichés people use casually and without thought such as “live like there is no tomorrow” well that’s hard to do when you are trying to get through today and who has time to think about tomorrow. However, when we take a moment to smell the roses you we can see how much we have missed in that minute, hour, moment or day and I’m not sure how you feel but for me it’s too much. I want to stay connected, I want to smell the coral colored roses (enthusiasm/passion) most of all I want to seize the day in any way I can.

What does seize the day look like in my life?

1. Stop and make myself laugh

2. Do a dance I havent in a long time

3. Change the scenery by going for a quick walk or sitting in a garden

4. Telling myself everything I love about me and my life

5. Enjoy my favorite song

6. Doing something out of the ordinary

7. Tell a stranger something good about them

8. Wear my favorite color as much as I can (brown)

9. Remember that I am who I am and being me is good enough

Are you living  or existing? How do you seize the day?

imagesCA8QPK11During this week, a local reporter and photographer interviewed myself and some of my students for  a story for the Redlands Daily Facts newspaper. It was such a great opportunity and experience for me and the students. We were able to share about the wonderful events and learning experiences we are involved in and the difference we are seeking to make in ourselves, school campus and the hearing and deaf communities. We landed a space on the front cover of the newspaper and on the 3rd page of another newspaper titled The Sun.

So often it seems that the positive in the world goes unheard or is ignored to pay attention to the negative going on in the world. This articles highlights some of the positive that happens daily in my classroom and how students apply what they learn in outside of class.

On a personal note, I felt good to be able to share my passion for deaf culture and American Sign Language and how the topic I teach has made a difference to some students that are connected with the class. It also gave me a bit of inspiration to hang in there because sometimes as a teacher we are at the very bottom of the totem pole for recognition and at the very top of the totem pole for blame. This article along with a select group of students reminded me of the short-term and long-term rewards of teaching. To see a students smile because they were able to sign to a deaf person, to read a report about how learning  ASL has changed their life, to hear about the college or career the student selected just because it involves Sign Language and to simply feel the passion a student shows because of how connected they are to the topic. For these experiences I am grateful to simply be an educator.

A link to the article is below, enjoy:)

Silent World Gains A Voice

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Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help! The Beatles – Help! Lyrics

As a teacher every now and then we may teach topics we may not know the technical term for but we now what we are teaching and how to teach it. Sometimes, I will teach a topic and someone will ask if I teach a certain topic or make a comment on the topic I teach and when they use the technical term..I think oh yes that is what is called. My motto is I am always learning and I seek to learn something new as often as possible therefore I am in a constant learning process. What I think I know…. I don’t and what I think I don’t know…I do, odd how that works. However, I know that I know I want to always put my best effort forth and when I am not familiar with a topic I am going to research or ask for help until I get an  answer I understand. Therefore, I was introduced to these four topics some of the topic I knew already and the others I did some research to make sure I understood and now I want other educators, native signers or those knowledgable about linguistics to shed some light. If you could give definitions and examples of how you use this in content, that would be great!

These are 4 topics : Classifiers; Discourse Analysis; Register and ASL Sentence Types. 

Thankyou for your help and feedback!

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss