Why Thematic Units

“Why thematic units?” People are always asking me this. This is an easy question to answer. My first response is thematic units allow teachers to give students real-world opportunities to communicate. Secondly, thematic units have the ability to develop meaningful activities, tasks, and assessments. Furthermore, thematic units give students the ability to have higher level Read more about Why Thematic Units[…]

Teaching ASL Humor for Culture Understanding

Humor is a way that cultures can share their perspectives of the world, allow others a peek into their belief system, and make intimate connections with others. Humor is an important part of every culture. For a language learner, it is imperative to understand the rules of humor and what is funny in order to Read more about Teaching ASL Humor for Culture Understanding[…]

Why Include Poetry in the ASL Classroom?

Learning literature and poetry¬†in the ASL classroom is so important for students to understand the rich history and culture of ASL. It also allows our students to see the playful side of the language. In our curriculum, we are often limited to this topic and what we do with it. ¬†Maybe we create an ABC Read more about Why Include Poetry in the ASL Classroom?[…]

Creating Thematic ASL Lessons

Recently, I have loved reading on social media about how people have organized their classrooms. I enjoy seeing how teachers have decorated their boards and what they are doing in their classrooms. I noticed in these threads that there is a lot of discussion about lower level instruction and a lot of frustration about what Read more about Creating Thematic ASL Lessons[…]