American Sign Language I & II
Periods 1 & 2
I'm looking forward to this new experience with CONNECT LA CONNER. Over the summer I have researched other sites that teach American Sign Language through videos and interaction within Zoom and other ways to make connections with students. I truely believe this will be a good year, and a fun year. I will have set class times where we will be able to see ASL and discuss vocabulary..and yes, I will still have 'stories' to tell. There will also be a time each week for smaller groups to meet up with me for extra support. Tasks and videos for support will be posted each Friday. These videos will show ASL vocabulary and ASL grammar, allowing you as a student to watch as many times as needed to 'get it'.
My 'office hours' are when I would be available for phone, email or text with any concerns, comments, or just checking-in. My 'Office Hours' will be on the following days and times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:45-9:30 AM
As I post articles, videos, self-made videos and information students will need to check in and respond so that I am aware that they are connected to educational content.
I will also be sending out individual emails checking with students to see how they are doing.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns you might have, or just to say 'hello'.
Email at any time, I will respond daily.
We will focus on conversational skills and vocabulary building through sharing information about ourselves and areas of interest. Grammar use in conversation context, with support strategies to improve conversation interaction, will help students develop skills in ASL syntax. Topics include; Deaf culture, basic vocabulary, perspective, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, and terminology. Learning to communicate using body language, gestures, facial expressions, and signs is critical to both comprehension and expressive skills in ASL. A focus on learning about Deaf culture & history is stressed to form a better understanding of the people that make up Deaf Culture & the Deaf Community.
Deafness is a cultural idenity, not a matter of hearing loss.
My background is in Deaf Education and I have taught in public schools since 1973. I love teaching ASL and this is the fifth year of offering ASL at La Conner High School. For the 2020-2021 school year we have one ASL I class, with around 15 students, and one ASL II class offered with around 21 students. The ASL I students will complete their two years of langauge requirements during this 2020-2021 school year, ASL I in the first semester and ASL II during the second semester. The ASL II students will complete thier required work during the first semester. it's going to be a lot of learning, and signing, going on!!!
For an idea of the vocabulary and focus please refer to attached syllabus for each class. * Due to the change in 'classroom format' this syllabus will be changed to better fit how we're learning this fall 2020.... it will not be week-to-week, but rather more sequential, going from one stage to the next. This is my 'old' format syllabus...but gives an idea of how things progress.
A bit of my history - I was born in Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Deaf Education & Speech Pathology with certification in education. I taught at the Oklahoma State School for the Deaf from 1973-1976. In 1976 I traveled to Alaska ..becoming a Principal-Teacher at a village school (off the grid). I then worked as a special education teacher flying to four remote villages. During this time I met my husband. When my primary village voted me to become 'Village Health Aide' I resigned from teaching and started training to become a certified community healthcare practioner. In this position I provided all health care for my village. Within two years I was also supervisor/trainer for 7 villages in central and western Alaska. In total my husband and I stayed for 7 years in a cabin off grid. We eventually moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and I taught ASL at the University of Alaska, worked with 17-21year-old job placement and training, subsituted within the public schools, and taught in a preschool language delayed program. Eventually we moved to Hawaii. In Hawaii I managed an avacado farm & worked in a health clinic. We adopted twin girls from Thailand. Back on the move we returned to Alaska when my dream job was offered. I was on a team that developed a reverse mainstream classroom at the elementary level where hearing students were placed with Deaf students and the class was taught as a duel-language program. During this time we adopted our third daughter. Eventually we headed south and came to Edison,Washington to be closer to family ties. I worked with various school districts providing support for Deaf students. In 1999 when a regional program for Deaf students was formed I was hired as one of the teachers. This program continued until 2016. During that time I became a long-distance hiker, completing the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail, took up motorcycling, tried out kayaking, continued to garden, sew and enjoy being outdoors. All three girls graduated from Burlington-Edison H.S. In 2007 we built a home in Anacortes and eventually became grandparents. Oh, and I have a Basset Hound named Mamie.