Sometimes, people look at me oddly. For instance, when I'm telling them how much I enjoy Shakespeare, or how much it thrills me to actually proofread students' papers, or how tickled pink I get when someone realizes the difference between "effect" and "affect," or "principal" and "principle." Understandable. But, there is one good feeling that surpasses them all, and that is when I'm working with a student, and I see the light bulb come on...my high school English teacher used to call it the "AHA Moment"...that glimmer when the student understands--"gets it." THAT is the most rewarding thing about being a tutor. It makes the sitting in traffic, the tedious emailing, and the preparation all worth it. Have you had YOUR "AHA Moment" today? :)
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I wish to announce to tutors' and student about my new video! Note! it is strictly for those who wish to be more skillful in their usage, learning and teaching of American Sign Language!
It seems as though every week my student has something exciting to tell me about his life. He is involved in many extra-curricular activities. He is a Boy Scout, he takes Karate classes, he goes skating on the weekends, he's an inventor, and he is learning to speak Spanish. I'm sure his list goes on and on. This 4th grader is very driven to achieve. He really wants to do his very best in his studies and he puts his best foot forward to complete all of the work that he is assigned. He explained that once he finishes his homework, right after school, that he takes a break to watch a couple of TV shows, eat dinner and then he gets back to his studies-- because he wants to be able to participate in his other activities! Once we finished our tutoring session, he got his his Sign Language work from his book bag and started showing me the lessons he had learned the week before. He is on his way to being a well-rounded, quite intelligent young man. He me told me that he and his classmates... read more
My name is Belinda and I would love to be your tutor!! To help you decide if I am the right tutor for you let me begin by giving you a little history about myself. I am a divorced single mother of two girls ages 19 and 12. They are my life. I have an Associates Degree of Applied Science from LoneStar North Harris with an emphasis on American Sign Language(ASL) and the interpreting program from there. I also have a strong background in lower level math, Algebra I, and English. The English also includes strength in reading, writing, and grammar. My regular job is as an sign language interpreter at a local high school. Thank you for considering me as your tutor. Belinda
In my childhood experience, I was fluent in sign language and I observed that hearing children seemed to be motivated to communicate with me. I got the opportunity to teach them basic ABC fingerspelling first with creative ways like using lipreading with no voice to using lip moving with letter A then following the ABC order and pointing to each category in daily life such as family name. Sign language is easier to understand when you imagine a picture. Hearing people can use sign language to communicate with deaf children, senior citizens, hard of hearing, and even infants. Also, sign language can be a tool and I think it is interesting to learn sign language.
I offer a course in Beginning American Sign Language for hearing children and adults of all ages who wish to communicate with Deaf people in our community. In this fun and challenging class, I use a “total immersion” approach to learning this graceful and voiceless language. By the end of the course, students will communicate in ASL on a basic level, gain insight into Deaf culture and apply knowledge of ASL structure to continue learning on their own.
I am myself hearing impaired and can speak well. I would be so happy to teach you how to alphabet, basic sign language. It's very easy to learn. I will have copies for you to learn. If you want be an interpreter in the future, you will learn a lot from me! If your kids have any deaf kids in their classrooms and wants to learn sign language from me then they can go to their school and sign their deaf classmates it would be fun for the kids. Please ask me any questions, email me. Thanks!
I have discovered, throughout my teaching and tutoring career, that I am able to solve many educational conundrums my colleagues cannot. I have been referred many students with issues or problems that a colleague could not handle for some reason. Probably my biggest challenge in this regard was a most recent one, a delightful student who was partially deaf. Antoine had problems I had never seen, in twenty years of teaching and tutoring. When it comes to problems with grammar, usage, and mechanics, students may have a smattering of different ones, and/or patterns of a few. Antoine had smatterings (so to speak!), but they included problems more typical to a writer for whom English was a second language (Antoine was a native speaker). What I came to realize, after getting to know Antoine and familiarizing myself with the form of sign language he used, was that the sign language had been, in effect, his first language. Antoine's hearing deficit was not discovered until... read more