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Am I qualified to Teach?:
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Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 7:24 PM
In a message dated 3/12/2007 2:17:55 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, jssscarter@ writes:
Absolutely. ASL 1 and 2 at ASLU is indeed appropriate for High School. It also works well for home schooling.
Feel free to use the curriculum in your high school courses and if you develop any materials based on the ASLU curriculum you are welcome to forward them to me for (possible) inclusion in the curriculum or posting as "additional resources."
(Dr. V of Lifeprint.com)
In a message dated 3/13/2007 3:53:33 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, jssscarter@ writes:
You asked my opinion regarding if you'd be doing a disservice to the students at your school by accepting a position teaching them an introductory ASL class.
You participated in a Deaf Studies program. You "lived and breathed" sign language and immersed yourself in Deaf Culture for 5 years. You have freelance interpreting experience. You have taught a continuing education ASL course for 15 years. You used to have a number of Deaf friends. You currently interact with Deaf people 10 to 15 times a year. You have a collection of Deaf-related news articles ready to share. You use games and know how to make your class fun. And to top all that off you are humble, self-aware, and concerned about doing a good job!
It is clear to me that you will do a wonderful job as a high-school ASL instructor.
I'm sure this next bit of advice is not news, but I'll mention it for emphasis: As you prepare to take on this new assignment it will be helpful for you to "re-immerse" yourself into the culture and develop at least a few strong connections to your local Deaf community. For example, pick a few Deaf events in your area and attend them regularly. Make sure to stick around socialize afterward. Develop a few Deaf contacts that you can ask for feedback on your signing.
Have fun and enjoy your new position!
(Dr. Vicars of Lifeprint.com)