Pin It I love Sign Language.
I love the beauty of motion utilized as it carries a message to those who cannot physically hear the words.
Sign Language is visual language.
Because I love it, I teach basic Sign to my class…of course, the amount of ASL I teach seems to decrease as the years go on—being little to no time in the day for those items not covered in the core curriculum.
However, it's a great tool to let a student know - across a crowded gymnasium - that if they don't stop whatever it is they're currently doing, they will have to die...they laugh when I first teach them this, but they know when I say it that Mr. Z means business, and they'd better knock it off.
It's also a wonderful way to tell a student thank you, or express other simple messages to an individual student across a silent room, where only those who happen to look up can 'hear' it.
And of course, this is the way they let me know that they have to use the bathroom during a lesson...
Recently, a parent of one of my students sent me an email with the link to a video she’d found online.
I love it; therefore, I share it with you today.
I hope you enjoy it, too.
BTW, if you want to get just a 'taste' of what deafness is like and trying to understand others, watch the video first with your audio set on mute.
P.S. I'm glad we're friends...