Sunday, February 18, 2007

My journey into teaching ASL

In response to several requests...in this vlog I explain my background and how I got into teaching ASL.

5 comments:

Carl Schroeder said...

Thanks for sharing your background with us. Very inspiring! Keep on vlogging!

Toby Welch said...

Thank you sharing with us! You and I are similar however haven't take training. I have a good professor that "mentor" me for two years how to teach ASL. I am currently teaching ASL in home school or home bound. I want to teach ASL in college level. I am undergraduate and will graduate this summer. I am currently taking one graduate course in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies to get master's degree.

Yes! Need more vlogs! And more Deaf ASL teacher! Keep vlogging!

Jay said...

I am sure you know the counts on top of the DeafRead is, I think, counts for the day. There are many more vLogs out there. I do not see anywhere on DeafRead showing total vLog counts out of 6000+ posts DeafRead selected.

However, on the main page, I counted 10 vLogs out of 25 posts. That is 40%!

Furthermore, I often observed (but not always the case) that vLogs get hit with more viewership than blogs. Just my quick glance.

Ally said...

I just wanted to say you seem really passionate about your job and you seem like you WANT to teach ASL and I think that is wonderful. My own ASL instructor is one of those that is just teaching it as a job and I'll be honest I bet this is the WORST second year class in the history of my university. Thankfully I had a good instructor for first year. So, good, I'm glad that you seem to enjoy your job and I hope your students appreciate it. It's nice to see that there are some people that enjoy what they do.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your background. You told me exactly what I wanted/needed to know. Thank you for sharing. I am in a similar situation, I have a bachelor's in English, a master's in deaf education and a specialist's in special education and would LOVE LOVE LOVE (can I borrow your kiss-hand???) to teach ASL/Deaf Culture at the community or four-year college level. I'm going to go ahead and contact ASLTA and see where I can go from there, as I've taught ASL for two years at a school for the deaf, but am not certified. I already looked and noticed that ASLTA does post job openings. I LOVE ASL TO PIECES and am quite passionate about using it, even if I'm sometimes wrong in my usage, as a non-native user (yeah, yeah, yeah, raised oral, picked up ASL about 10 years ago), but boy, oh boy, do I ever value and just love it. LOVE it. Can I say that again? :) I LOVE it. I am sooooo DELIGHTED to see the vlogs and deafread.com out there and happy to see the community making real connections. David, thanks for sharing. I really appreciate it a lot. Smile. Now if we can get others to share their stories as well about how they came to be teaching ASL (the only other one Deaf individual that I know teaching ASL is Toby and I see that he is teaching home schooled high schoolers, I think), maybe more of us would see that maybe we are capable of teaching ASL. I'm not sure that I am, but boy, oh boy do I love it. Thanks again, David.
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