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ASL Teaching Philosophy

This is a truly beautiful building, right? These pillars provide the foundation to help the building last a long time. The same principle applies to teaching: a sound foundation supports a lifetime of teaching. My ASL teaching philosophy has four elements, of which I will describe here. There is a long list of teaching approaches out there. Out of those, there are three approaches I feel are well-suited for teaching ASL. A fourth one, I want to add… I support a student-centered curriculum. If something attracts a student, I take advantage to connect the interest to ASL. I expose…and expose the students with ASL. In turn, the students inspire me with the passion for learning. The students present their content, and I capture this content – Using the tools from my arsenal of knowledge, I pepper them with connections that can link their interests to ASL. This interaction creates a unified community of learners who teach each other. This cumulative process is called Communicative Learning and Teaching. I bring real-world experiences to the classroom. My journeys and students experiences are connected. Through activities in class, the students learn applied real-world challenges. The students discern which tools to use, and apply ASL to navigate through and overcome those challenges. That process is called Task-Based Language Teaching. A big benefit to the students, as they grow up to become doctors, teachers, police officers, counselors, …social workers and so forth. They become future allies supporting the Deaf community. I’m thrilled to use technology for the ‘flipped classroom’ concept. For example, my presentation will be in a website, Students can watch the presentation while practicing on their own. Then they come to class to practice the same material seen at home. Another example is when I project my video on the wall – – students watch the video and practice the same content seen in the website. I then apply a close-up view of students work, and provide individualized feedback for improvement. Technology has the great potential for providing accessible learning. Students can face many challenges on their long road. I understand their challenges. Just as students are curious and eager to learn ASL and advance their signing skills, I am equally curious to find new teaching strategies to teach them. Just as I impart knowledge to my students, the students respond as motivated learners, making new discoveries on their own. My teaching philosophies are as presented: All these teaching tools I bring to the plate… …along with the input from the students We give back to the world.

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